Keyword: John Cornyn

Five First-Cut Takeaways from the February 2017 UT/Texas Tribune Poll

| By: Jim Henson

The Texas Tribune published stories all week long on the February 2017 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, and we'll be mulling and writing about the results in the coming weeks.  Ross Ramsey wrote stories about it all week long, bless his heart.  But here are some first takes to end the week.  We've posted many graphics, including lots of crosstabs at the latest poll page at the Texas Politics Project website - we'll post data files soon.

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Governor Abbott Remains Strong, Ted Cruz Slips Slightly in Texans’ Job Approval Ratings

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

In addition to its focus on Texans’ views of the presidential election, the University of Texas / Texas Politics Project Poll asked for assessments of the state’s exclusively Republican leadership. Given the Republican Party’s dominance of state government and all statewide offices, the most meaningful competition has increasingly occurred among these leaders, leading to some inevitable degree of comparison. 

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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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CBS News/NYT The Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker Shows Cornyn Comfortably Ahead in Senate Race

| By: James Henson

The ongoing CBS News/NYT The Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker released the results of their second wave of polling in the 2014 US Senate races today (in what seems like something of a soft launch). Results from the Texas Senate race find incumbent John Cornyn still holding a 20-percentage point lead over Democrat David Alameel (51-31). 

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Cornyn and the Cruz Effect

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

The state's senior U.S. senator, up for re-election in 2014, steers warily around the state's junior U.S. senator, who has been on a roll for the last several months. 

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Will the Tea Party Press John Cornyn?

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

Some in the Tea Party faction of the Texas GOP are encouraging talk of a challenge to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, raising a question: Is he vulnerable to a challenge?

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