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Texans Conservative on Concealed Carry

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

It's no shock that Texans tend to be more conservative when it comes to federal gun control measures. But Texans are also conservative in another, more literal sense when it comes to proposals seeking to reduce the requirements to carry a concealed handgun.

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Public Opinion and the Budget

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

So far, the Legislature has been writing a budget for a state in a center-right position on the political spectrum. As debate opens in the House, can the leadership hold off challenges, particularly from the right?

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No Backlash to Education Cuts?

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

Polling over the last two years from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune suggests that education has not become more salient to Texas voters, nor have perceptions of school quality suffered significantly.

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Disapproval and Its Consequence

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Some voters will associate a particular policy with a particular individual, and they will probably transfer the opinion of the person to the issue at hand. President Obama's numbers in Texas show that any issue he supports is unlikely to gain much traction in the state.

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Keywords: Barack Obama

Texans' View of Gay Marriage Shifts

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

While the country has been jogging toward its new position on gay marriage, polling numbers show Texans appear to have been moseying along in the same direction.

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Keywords: Gay Marriage

GOP Voters and the Path to Citizenship

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Many Republican officials are moderating their views on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. Their voters, however, remain opposed to the idea. And Tea Party voters are strongly opposed.

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Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Whether or not the Catholic Church remains strongly opposed to gay marriage under Pope Francis I, one thing is for sure: There is a clear and widening gap between papal and public opinion on same-sex relationships in the U.S., and Texas is no exception.

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Keywords: Gay Marriage, Religion

On Voting Rights Act, Texans Follow GOP's Lead

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

It’s easy to admit that those other states need some federal oversight, but here in Texas? Get out of town.

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Keywords: Voting Rights

Water Not Floating to Top With Texas Voters

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

Despite water’s saturation of the political priority list, the public still appears ambivalent about Texas’ water needs and out of step with state legislators on how to pay for it, according to the latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll.

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City Girls, Country Boys and Guns

| By: Adam Myers

According to the latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll, rural men and urban women are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to attitudes on gun policy. We may not be talking about Mars and Venus, but we’re close.

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Keywords: Gender, Gun Control

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