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Race and Change in Voter ID Support

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has argued that Texans of all races strongly support voter ID. While this was true as recently as early 2011, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll shows that there has been a sea change. 

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Keywords: Race, Voter ID

The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Overall, Texas voters — by a slight majority — believe the federal government should continue oversight of the state's changes in election laws, according to the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But partisans are split.

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Obama's Job Approval in Texas

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Heading into President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, we thought it would be worth rehashing his approval numbers here in Texas. 

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Keywords: Barack Obama

Cruz Beats Drum on Immigration

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

If Ted Cruz seems to be marching out of step with GOP leaders attempting to lower the volume on the party’s immigration rhetoric, results from the last UT/Texas Tribune poll suggest the drumbeat he's listening to is the one being played by his voters.

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Keywords: Immigration, Ted Cruz

The GOP's Immigration Problem

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

A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points.

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Lawmakers Fret About Water, but the Public Doesn't

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

Water has emerged as the top infrastructure issue before the 83rd Legislature — an issue that appears to be more important to lawmakers than to most of the people they represent.

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Science and Politics — and Partisans

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

An endorsement by the most famous political independent in the country highlights a political fault line: the partisan division over the usefulness of science in policy making.

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Eight Months of the U.S. Senate Race

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Before Tuesday's election, here's a look at the last eight months of polling in the Republican race for U.S. Senate.

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The Conservative Core and the 2012 Primary Elections

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

The February 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows a riptide of very conservative opinion is exerting a strong pull on state politics.

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Just What is a "Likely Voter"?

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

In a poll of potential voters, how should we go about determining what the electorate might look like on Election Day?

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