Even with partisan divides, poll shows most Texans disapprove of power grid response, support mask mandates

This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarNovember 12, 2021 1:13 pm, , ,

It’s time for the week that was in Texas politics with James Barragán, political reporter for The Texas Tribune.

A new poll showed most Texans disapprove of how state leaders handled the collapse of the state power grid last winter.

“Sixty percent of people disapprove,” Barragán said. “And I don’t think that’s a surprise.”

The findings related to the deadly winter storm are one topic about which the University of Texas and The Texas Tribune polled voters on last month.

Another topic was the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll showed a majority of Texans approve of mask mandates, by a similar margin.

The state of Texas is “fighting court battles right now over whether schools and business places should be able to do that,” Barragán said. “But it looks like a majority of Texans are in favor of those.”

Delve into more polling data here, and in the audio player above. Plus, read more stories from the week in Texas politics: Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the Astroworld Festival disaster in Houston, Rep. Louie Gohmert’s possible run for Texas attorney general and more.

If you found the reporting above valuable, please consider making a donation to support it here. Your gift helps pay for everything you find on texasstandard.org and KUT.org. Thanks for donating today.