Keyword: Greg Abbott

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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CBS News/NYT The Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker Shows Abbott Leading Davis 54%-40%

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

The third wave results of the CBS/NYT/YouGov Battleground Tracker were released today, and show Abbott leading Davis by a 14-point margin, a 4-point gain for Davis since the last wave of polling.

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Can Texas Democrats win while losing?

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

Republicans appear poised to again sweep this year's statewide elections. But dig deeper into the data and you'll find faint signs of long-term promise for Texas Democrats, even if their standard-bearer loses in November. 

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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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Reminded to be Afraid: Anxiety and Advertisements in the 2014 Texas Gubernatorial Election

| By: Bethany Albertson and Joshua Blank, PhD

By looking at the emotional dynamics underlying the Abbott and Davis campaigns' advertisements, one can get a clearer sense of how each really views the 2014 Texas Governor's race.

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CBS News/NYT The Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker Shows Abbott Leading Davis 54%-36%

Abbott may benefit from turn away from issues

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

Greg Abbott has always been more comfortable making this campaign about Wendy Davis than about the issues that Davis wants to discuss. The timing of Davis’ book release may have inadvertently helped him do just that.

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Texas Democrats' unspoken predicament

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

The loud and public back-and-forth among Texas Republicans this year has given them something Democrats are sorely lacking: an honest conversation about their party's future.

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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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Why your candidate is corrupt and mine isn't

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

Partisan charges of political corruption have flared around the edges of the 2014 Texas elections, yet they haven’t become the focus of media coverage in the marquee races or fundamentally changed their dynamics or our expectations of the outcomes in November.

Why is it that intimations of corruption and political malfeasance stay in our peripheral vision while rarely coming into the kind of Sharpstown-like spotlight that defines an election?

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