Joshua Blank, PhD

Joshua Blank is the Research Director of the Texas Politics Project. Born in New York, NY, he has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a doctoral degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.      

Can Texas Democrats win while losing?

October 8, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Republicans appear poised to again sweep this year's statewide elections. But dig deeper into the data and you'll find faint signs of long-term promise for Texas Democrats, even if their standard-bearer loses in November. 

5 takeaways from TribuneFest

September 24, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
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. 

Reminded to be Afraid: Anxiety and Advertisements in the 2014 Texas Gubernatorial Election

September 19, 2014
By: 
Bethany Albertson
Joshua Blank, PhD

By looking at the emotional dynamics underlying the Abbott and Davis campaigns' advertisements, one can get a clearer sense of how each really views the 2014 Texas Governor's race.

Blurred lines in polling on governor's race

September 17, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Recent polls have painted two divergent pictures of the Greg Abbott-Wendy Davis race. Here's a rundown of what that means and what to pay attention to as November draws near. 

Abbott may benefit from turn away from issues

September 10, 2014
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

Greg Abbott has always been more comfortable making this campaign about Wendy Davis than about the issues that Davis wants to discuss. The timing of Davis’ book release may have inadvertently helped him do just that.

Abortion Attitudes in Texas and the 2014 Governor's Race

September 5, 2014
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD

In the June 2014 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, we asked registered voters under what circumstances a woman should be able to obtain an abortion.

The real stakes of the Perry Indictment

September 4, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Rick Perry’s governorship has transcended the spirit of the Texas Constitution. The indictment begs for a discussion of whether his version of the governorship is the one Texans want or need. 

Top Texas Counties Ranked by Ideology

August 27, 2014
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD

Mark P. Jones of Rice University ranks the ideological composition of registered voters in Texas' 20 most populous counties using University of Texas/Texas Tribune Polling Data.

Texas Democrats' unspoken predicament

August 14, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The loud and public back-and-forth among Texas Republicans this year has given them something Democrats are sorely lacking: an honest conversation about their party's future.

The Texas GOP's Commitment Problem

August 7, 2014
By: 
Jim Hensons
Joshua Blank, PhD

The problems facing the Republican Party on issues like gay marriage aren't unique to Texas, but they're particularly pronounced here. Polling data and the party's long run of success in Texas explain why.

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