A third PPP Congressional poll in Texas

Here’s a Public Policy Polling Twitter thread of interest. I’ve highlighted the specific relevant tweets.


The Culberson and Sessions results we knew about. The CD31 poll between Carter and MJ Hegar is news to me. Let me expand a bit on the numbers from 2016 that PPP cites:


Carter      61.3%
Wyman       35.0%

Romney      59.4%
Obama       38.1%

Keller      57.8%
Hampton     36.8%


Carter      64.0%
Minor       32.0%

Abbott      61.5%
Davis       36.0%

Richardson  61.3%
Granberg    33.6%


Carter      58.4%
Clark       36.5%

Trump       52.6%
Clinton     40.1%

Keasler     56.8%
Burns       37.3%

So forty percent is basically the high water mark for a Dem in CD31 this decade. (Barack Obama got 42.5% there in 2008.) That’s good, and it does tend to show a higher level of Dem engagement, especially compared to 2014, but we’re still a ways off. The 46% for Carter is more interesting, as it is a big dropoff from every non-Trump Republican. The question is whether this represents a bunch of undecided respondents who will come home next November, or it’s a genuine indicator of low enthusiasm. Also, the HD31 poll involves a specific opponent to Carter, one who will have to win a primary first, rather than a “generic Democrat” as in the CD07 and CD32 surveys. It’s possible the 40% level for MJ Hegar is lower than a “generic Dem” level might have been. As with any other poll, file it away for later when we have more data.

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4 Responses to A third PPP Congressional poll in Texas

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  2. Jacqui Hazelwood says:

    Hello Charles,

    What is it looking like in CD2?

  3. Jacqui – I have not seen any polling in CD02, so I can’t say. It’s a bit redder than CD07 based on 2016, but that’s all I’ve got at this time.

  4. Mainstream says:

    Most Republicans do not consider CD2 to be at risk. I have the sense that it is undergoing quicker change than some other districts, with GOP strength dying out in some areas like Spring Branch, and an influx of new residents in the Washington Avenue corridor and similar apartment complexes near Rice and Montrose, as well as changing demographics in the 1960 region. Some sectors had flood damage, which could affect turnout even in Nov. 2018.

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