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The Brief: How do Texans really feel about Donald Trump?

Texas Republicans like Donald Trump — a lot. More than 80 percent of Republicans surveyed in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll approve of Trump's work so far.

Then a candidate for president, Donald Trump rallied a crowd of veterans at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28, 2016 — just ahead of that state's presidential caucuses.

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What you need to know

Texas Republicans like President Donald Trump — a lot. More than 80 percent of Republicans surveyed in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll approve of Trump's work so far. 

  • Texas Democrats have had an equally strong but opposite reaction. Eighty-five percent of Democrats surveyed disapprove of Trump. 
  • Overall, 50 percent of Texans surveyed say Trump is not honest. Among Republicans, 70 percent said Trump is trustworthy. Just 6 percent of Democrats agree. 
  • Meanwhile, Trump may be boosting the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin's negatives are 28 points higher among Texas Democrats than they are among Republicans.

Read more about the poll and its methodology here

News from home

Help us report on sex trafficking in Texas: Over the past five months, The Texas Tribune has investigated the hidden world of sex trafficking. Now, we want to hear about your experiences.

Ask Texas Tribune journalists Neena Satija, Morgan Smith and Edgar Walters about our investigation into sex trafficking in Texas by joining us for a Feb. 21 Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat with a former child welfare investigator.

What we're reading

(Links below lead to outside websites; paywall content noted with $) 

Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly, The Associated Press

As Trump makes foreign moves, Tillerson avoids the spotlightThe Associated Press

Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny and discipline, Reuters

Cruz meets with protestors during Valley visitThe Monitor

Harris County eyes overhaul of residential treatmentThe Houston Chronicle ($)

Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision, dies at 69The Washington Post ($)

Rep. Eric Johnson asks Texas secretary of state to back up GOP voter fraud claimsThe Dallas Morning News ($)

'You and your family are fired... Love you': dozens lose jobs over immigrant protest, Fort Worth Star-Telegram ($)

In Trump era, censorship may start in the newsroomThe New York Times ($)

For your calendar

Join us in person or online Thursday for a conversation with state Rep. John Zerwas, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Quote to note

"Yet on each occasion that the president pulls a “Donald,” the mainstream media remains inclined to chase after the shiny object — his authoritarian style — rather than focus attention on matters of substance."

— Kevin Buckler, associate professor at the University of Houston, about asset forfeiture via TribTalk

The Brief is written and compiled by your morning news baristas, Bobby Blanchard and Sanya Mansoor. If you have feedback or questions, please email We're a nonprofit newsroom, and count on readers like you to help power newsletters like this. Did you like what you read today? Show your appreciation by becoming a member or making a donation today.

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