Focus at Four: New Harvey recovery polls shows positive results

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More than two of every five Texas voters said they or someone close to them were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

When it comes to the way local, state and federal officials have responded to Harvey, voters are generally happy, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Ross Ramsey with the Texas Tribune joined us on First News at Four to talk about the poll.

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For Hurricane Harvey recovery, Texans want federal, state and local officials to focus on debris cleanup and disposal, housing, public health and environmental contamination, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Texas voters said other problems brought on by the historic storm — transportation, public education, unemployment and damage to local businesses — are extremely or somewhat important to them, but their first priorities are cleaning up and making sure everyone is okay.

That showed in their assessments of how others responded to the effects of the storm: 86 percent lauded the response of the people of Texas, and large majorities thought highly of the actions of local and state governments. The federal government's responses won approval from 57 percent of the respondents.

"Texans love how Texans did," said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He said Republicans and Democrats alike approved of local government responses but that Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to approve of the state and federal government responses. "They were far more positive," he said.

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