Heritage Alliance District-by-District Poll : 9 out of 10 GOP Voters Want a Conservative Speaker

DISTRICT-BY-DISTRICT POLL: GOP VOTERS WANT A CONSERVATIVE HOUSE SPEAKER

 

DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2010 – In the opening round of a telephone poll of 28,980 Republican primary voters in 77 GOP-held Texas House districts, nearly 9 in 10 responding indicated they want the State House led by a Speaker more conservative than the previous Legislature’s choice, Joe Straus III.

 

“No matter which GOP district we poll, we find none where the Representative can credibly claim that his supporters want a moderate Speaker,” Michael Smith, Executive Vice President of Heritage Alliance, said.

 

Heritage Alliance polled an average of 376 1R households per State House district. Of those, an average of 336 per district responded in favor of a more-conservative House Speaker.

 

 

 

“Contrary to the ‘no labels’ idea floated at a New York press conference last week, Texas Republicans seem to think ‘conservative’ is a winning brand,” Smith added. “That may explain why Joe Straus calls himself a conservative at every opportunity, despite his decidedly non-conservative voting record.”

 

In the last session in which Straus was a full voting member, his score in the Heritage Alliance Conservative Report ranked lowest among currently serving House Republicans—52 percent. The other two declared candidates for Speaker, Rep. Warren Chisum (R.-Pampa) and Rep. Ken Paxton (R.-McKinney), scored 89 and 91 percent, respectively, in the same session.

 

A similar gap in scores between the incumbent Speaker and challengers was documented by two other Texas conservative groups, Eagle Forum and Young Conservatives of Texas.

 

In the Heritage Alliance telephone poll, voters who responded affirmatively to the question, “If you want a true conservative Republican as Speaker of the Texas House, press 1,” were offered an opportunity to contact their State Representative (or Representative-Elect) via the Heritage Alliance web site.

 

This concludes Heritage Alliance’s initial round of polling on the Speaker’s contest. Twenty-two calendar days remain until the Speaker’s election, the opening day of the 82nd Legislature.

 

See [below] for a district-by-district breakdown of poll results.

 


District

Representative

% affirming more
conservative Speaker

1

George Lavender

88.7%

8

Byron Cook

93.5%

9

Wayne Christian

88.9%

10

Jim Pitts

90.1%

11

Chuck Hopson

92.2%

12

James White

90.2%

13

Lois Kolkhorst

91.5%

14

Fred Brown

81.9%

15

Rob Eissler

92.6%

16

Brandon Creighton

93.9%

17

Tim Kleinschmidt

86.1%

18

John Otto

92.3%

19

Mike Hamilton

94.1%

20

Charles Schwertner

87.9%

24

Larry Taylor

90.8%

25

Dennis Bonnen

87.1%

26

Charlie Howard

82.9%

28

John Zerwas

91.0%

32

Todd Hunter

89.9%

33

Raul Torres

92.8%

34

Connie Scott

88.3%

35

Jose Aliseda

90.5%

45

Jason A. Isaac

91.7%

47

Paul Workman

91.5%

48

Dan Neil

83.3%

52

Larry Gonzales

85.2%

54

Jimmie Don Aycock

87.5%

55

Ralph Sheffield

92.1%

56

Doc Anderson

91.2%

57

Marva Beck

87.2%

58

Rob Orr

90.6%

59

Sid Miller

93.2%

60

Jim Keffer

90.0%

62

Larry Phillips

88.7%

64

Myra Crownover

89.2%

65

Burt Solomons

91.7%

67

Jerry Madden

93.1%

68

 Richard L. (Rick) Hardcastle

92.1%

69

Lanham Lyne

91.7%

71

Susan L. King

88.6%

72

Drew Darby

87.3%

73

Doug Miller

87.5%

78

Dee Margo

90.9%

81

Tryon Lewis

93.5%

84

John Frullo

89.9%

86

John Smithee

86.4%

87

Four Price

84.6%

91

Kelly Hancock

92.6%

92

Todd Smith

90.7%

93

Barbara Nash

89.9%

94

Diane Patrick

85.1%

97

Mark Shelton

90.8%

98

Vicki Truitt

88.2%

102

Stefani Carter

85.3%

105

Linda Harper-Brown

92.1%

106

Rodney Anderson

94.7%

108

Dan Branch

80.2%

112

Angie Chen Button

89.5%

113

Joe Driver

92.0%

114

Will Hartnett

85.2%

115

Jim Jackson

88.4%

117

John V. Garza

79.6%

117

Dan Branch

83.9%

117

John V. Garza

95.1%

122

Lyle Larson

85.4%

126

Patricia Harless

87.7%

127

Dan Huberty

91.4%

128

Wayne Smith

92.9%

129

John Davis

87.0%

130

Allen Fletcher

91.7%

133

Jim Murphy

81.5%

134

Sarah Davis

81.7%

136

Beverly Woolley

89.7%

137

Sylvia Spivey

83.3%

138

Dwayne Bohac

87.6%

144

Ken Legler

92.5%

149

Jack O’Connor

89.8%

 

Average

89.1%

 

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