Keyword: Dan Patrick

October 2014 UT/Texas Tribune Poll Finds Republican Candidates With Large Leads in Statewide Races

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The October 2014 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found Republican candidates favored over Democratic candidates by substantial margins in several statewide general election contests, with the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, leading the Democratic candidate, state Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, by a 16-point margin, 54 percent to 38 percent.  Six percent of likely voters chose Libertarian candidate Kathie Glass, and Green Candidate Brandon Parmer was the choice of 2 percent.

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Texas Lyceum Poll Finds Abbott Leading Davis 49-40 Among Likely Voters

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

The 2014 Texas Lyceum Poll finds Greg Abbott leading Wendy Davis 49%-40% among likely voters. Libertarian and Green Party candidates Kathie Glass and Brandon Parmer each garnered two points, and eight percent declined to choose a candidate. The poll was conducted from September 11-25, and had an overall sample size of 1000 respondents.  The trial ballot results were among a sub-group of 666 likely voters, and had a margin of error of +/- 3.80 percentage points.  

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5 takeaways from TribuneFest

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Given the high-level discourse that pervades The Texas Tribune Festival, it may seem uncouth to scrutinize the event in the context of polling. But it's a useful way to analyze what was happening onstage. 

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The Texas GOP's Commitment Problem

| By: Jim Hensons and Joshua Blank, PhD

The problems facing the Republican Party on issues like gay marriage aren't unique to Texas, but they're particularly pronounced here. Polling data and the party's long run of success in Texas explain why.

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Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

David Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Texas GOP has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.

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Texan First, American Second

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Bethany Albertson

When we asked Texans whether they considered themselves Texans first and Americans second, most said no. But the grandkids were more likely than their grandparents to say yes.

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Does the Tea Party Really Want to Limit Government?

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.

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Can Lt. Gov. Candidates Go Too Far on Abortion?

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The Republican lieutenant governor candidates' views on abortion after rape, displayed prominently in Monday night’s debate, may have edged farther right than the Texas GOP’s comfort zone.

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GOP Candidates Bet on Border Security

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Republican candidates in Texas have figured out how to talk about immigration without stepping on political land mines: They talk about border security instead.

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Patrick Ad Goes Fishing for GOP Primary Votes

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Data from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll suggests that the issues Sen. Dan Patrick invokes in the latest ad in his bid for lieutenant governor serve up very inviting bait for conservative voters, the big fish in GOP primary elections. 

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