A new poll of Texas Republican primary voters shows a majority would be less likely to support Republican legislators who vote to allow Democrats to be put in leadership positions in the state Legislature.
The poll, which was commissioned by the Republican Party of Texas and compiled by CWS Research, surveyed 1,099 Republican primary voters on November 12 and 13, just days after the general election.
The poll shows that 70 percent of respondents believe the Republican speaker of the Texas House should appoint no Democrats to chair committees, compared to 30 percent who believe some Democrats should be appointed.
Additionally, 66 percent of voters say they would be less likely to support a Republican candidate who voted to allow Democrats to be placed in leadership positions.
Eliminating the practice of awarding Democrats committee chairmanships in the Texas Legislature is one of the Texas GOP’s eight legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Current House Speaker Dade Phelan has supported the practice; his opponent, State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington), voted against it last year.
The same poll also asked GOP voters who they would vote for if the 2024 presidential primary were held today. Forty-three percent of respondents said they would vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, making it the first time he has led the poll. Thirty-two percent said they would support President Donald Trump, while other options received single-digit support.
DeSantis’ support rises to 66 percent if Trump declines to participate in the 2024 election.
“Election Day made it clear that Texas is getting more red, not less,” said Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi. “This poll shows that GOP voters would like to see their hard work rewarded, and we at the Texas GOP will fight to ensure that happens and their voice is heard.”