With the 88th Texas Legislative Session mere days away, new polling reveals that Republican voters want more conservative values and stronger representation in government.

A new poll from Defend Texas Liberty shows that Texas Republican voters’ approval of President Donald Trump is falling, while their approval of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is rising. With Trump at 37 percent and DeSantis at 36 percent, they are the only two Republican primary candidates in the double digits.

Voters adamantly approve of the two candidates, who keep their promises to voters and fight for Republican values rather than ceding ground to the left.

“Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis enjoy strong support from Texas GOP voters for two simple reasons: They’ve kept the promises they’ve made to voters, and they’ve had the courage to combat the left and their allies in the mainstream media,” said former state representative and current president of Defend Texas Liberty PAC Jonathan Stickland.

Despite lawmakers being split on school choice, the poll reveals that 71 percent of voters believe all Texas parents should have complete access to school choice. Six percent said school choice should only be available to those who live in large counties, and 11 percent are completely opposed.

Countless Republican politicians have fought to prevent parents from having access to school choice, even though Republican voters have voiced their longing for it. Texas voters want a change.

When it comes to the highly controversial topic of child gender “transitioning,” many politicians prefer to keep their mouths tightly shut; however, the poll shows that 90 percent of likely Republican voters believe parents should not be allowed to change the sex of their child on their birth certificate based on the child’s “gender identity.”

Since the 2020 presidential election sparked outrage over failures in the voting systems, Republican voters have been fighting for changes in the election process, despite political leaders’ claims that there is nothing wrong. Following continued problems with mail-in ballots and early voting, 60 percent of voters say Texas should require every person to vote on a paper ballot on Election Day. However, 28 percent still disagree, and 12 percent are unsure.

Regarding the poll, Stickland said, “Texas is a Republican state, and our voters want their lawmakers to fight for their policy priorities, not cede the narrative and fight to the radical left.”

The entire poll may be viewed here.

Soli Rice

A journalist for Texas Scorecard, Soli is a new Texan with a passion for politics. She's excited to hone her writing skills and help spread truth to Texans.