Keyword: Greg Abbott

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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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

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

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have been reluctant to make abortion a major campaign issue, but as polling shows, Abbott's hesitance likely benefits him more than Davis' benefits her.

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Is Easy Resolution on In-State Tuition a GOP Dream?

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

As Rick Perry hedges that he could yet again seek a presidential nomination, and the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants continues to arise in GOP primary races, polling results help illustrate the challenges the issue poses for candidates. 

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Threading the Needle on Education

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

Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example. 

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Strong Undercurrents Still Define Abbott-Davis Race

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

Reporting of this week’s UT/TT Poll can’t help but present a simple story: Davis is down, Abbott is up. But these latest results reflect factors that are much more deeply rooted than the low-hanging fruit making headlines and feeding campaign emails. 

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Playing the Right Anglos

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

In the short run, the GOP appears to be embarking on a winning strategy to mobilize a reliable and larger electorate using the rhetoric that motivates its voters. 

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What Early Poll Results Tell Us

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

The latest UT/TT Poll showing a single-digit lead for Greg Abbott over Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial race raised some eyebrows. Adding some context to a survey taken more than a year before Election Day helps provide some clarity on the results.

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Deflecting Immigration Questions

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

Uncomfortable questions about in-state tuition might prompt candidates like Greg Abbott to reach into Rick Perry's bag of tricks for an issue that addresses immigration issues without inflaming the wrong voters.

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Inventing Abbott

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

For all the advantages that have lent the feel of an unofficial coronation to his candidacy for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott remains an undefined figure among many Texas voters, including as many as 40 percent of Republican primary voters. 

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