Jim Henson, PhD

Jim Henson directs the Texas Politics project and teaches in the Department of Government at The University of Texas, where he also received a doctorate. He helped design public interest multimedia for the Benton Foundation in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s and has written about politics in general-interest and academic publications. He also serves as associate director of the College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services unit at UT, where he has helped produce several award-winning instructional media projects. In 2008, he and Daron Shaw, a fellow UT government professor, established the first statewide, publicly available internet survey of public opinion in Texas using matched random sampling. He lives in Austin, where he also serves as a member of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission.     

No Backlash to Education Cuts?

April 2, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
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.

Texans' View of Gay Marriage Shifts

March 26, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
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.

GOP Voters and the Path to Citizenship

March 21, 2013
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.

On Voting Rights Act, Texans Follow GOP's Lead

March 14, 2013
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.

Water Not Floating to Top With Texas Voters

March 14, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
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.

UT/TT Poll Changes With Evolving Environment

March 8, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD
Daron Shaw

By increasing our sample size and providing more analyses of the data in our blog, we hope to provide interested parties with what they seek: in-depth coverage of the actors and issues that are driving important parts of the political process in the state. 

Handle Perry-Abbott Race With Care

March 8, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

There is less to those Rick Perry-Greg Abbott horserace numbers than you might think. It's early, for one thing, and campaigns and voter attitudes change things dramatically. Plus, the two might never face off on a ballot.

Behind a Perry-Abbott Matchup

March 4, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

A hypothetical head-to-head matchup between Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott might be better understood by looking beyond the horse-race polling results in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

Refining the UT/TT Poll

March 4, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD
Daron Shaw

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll has a bigger sample size than its predecessors — the better to see what various subgroups of Texans are thinking about politics and policy in the state.

Playing the Numbers on Gaming in Texas

March 1, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

It's not so much what Texans think about gaming in Texas — they're generally for it — but about how strongly they feel. And the people who don't want expanded gaming feel more strongly than proponents.

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