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.     

Obama's Numbers Justify White's Cold Shoulder

August 9, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

Bill White deciding to travel to points far from Austin and Dallas while President Barack Obama visits the state today to raise money and speak at the University of Texas presents us with yet another mountain-out-of-a-molehill political story in the long, hot summer of gassy coverage of the governor’s race. A look at Obama’s standing in Texas makes it clear that White would be nuts to share a stage with Obama unless he feels like doing a favor for Gov. Rick Perry’s ad team.

Will the Greens Take Votes From the Democrats?

June 11, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

The potential Green Party drain of votes away from the Democrats is probably pretty small.

UT/Texas Tribune Polls Finds GOP Strength

May 24, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Daron Shaw

At this point, anti-incumbent sentiment in Texas appears to be dwarfed by party identification and opposition to the national Democratic Party.

Rick Perry's Successful Message on Immigration

March 17, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

The governor's political radar is characteristically fine-tuned here, at least for the short term.

How the Governor's Race Polls Have Trended

March 1, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Daron Shaw

An election that initially favored Sen. Hutchison has settled into a contest where Sen. Hutchison’s support is in the high 20’s while Gov. Perry’s is in the mid-40’s.

Rick Perry's Resonance With GOP Primary Voters

February 23, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

Whether he crosses the 50% threshold or is forced into a run-off when the polls close next Tuesday, the results of the last UT/Texas Tribune Poll suggest that Rick Perry's synchronous orbit over a big chunk of the Republican primary electorate has helped him prove many observers — not to mention KBH boosters and donors — very wrong.

The February 2010 Results

February 12, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Daron Shaw

The University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll, conducted from February 1-7, shows Gov. Rick Perry holding a 24-point lead over U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary contest, with Debra Medina posing a surprisingly strong challenge to Hutchison for second place.

Barack Obama's Poor Standing With Whites in TX

January 25, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

If President Obama’s ratings are looking a little anemic among whites nationally, they are in need of an emergency leukocyte transfusion in Texas.

GOP Candidates Debate, but on Which Issues?

January 14, 2010
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

Are the Republican candidates for governor in line with voters on issues? We'll find out tonight.

Ronnie Earle Runs for Lieutenant Governor

December 19, 2009
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD

The only thing definitively in the weeds here is the reliability of this poll.

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