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.      

Leaving Tests Behind

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

The same voters who responded well to George W. Bush's education policies oppose one of its main components: the standardized tests introduced to make schools more accountable.

Threading the Needle on Education

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

Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example. 

Texans Aim for Self-Defense in Gun Control Debate

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

To the extent that Wednesday's Fort Hood shooting prompts a renewed discussion of guns in Texas, discussion will almost certainly be dominated by talk of increasing access to guns, not curtailing it. 

Texan First, American Second

April 3, 2014
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Bethany Albertson

When we asked Texans whether they considered themselves Texans first and Americans second, most said no. But the grandkids were more likely than their grandparents to say yes.

Legal Pot in Texas? Snuff the Thought

March 20, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Only 28 percent of Texans say they are opposed to legalization of marijuana for any reason. Most would OK it for medicinal use, and nearly half would approve it for recreational use. But the state's most conservative voters are not likely to go along.

Does the Tea Party Really Want to Limit Government?

March 13, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.

Poll Findings vs. Election Results

March 6, 2014
By: 
Daron Shaw
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

In several races, Tuesday's election results didn't match the findings of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll two weeks earlier. What happened?

Strong Undercurrents Still Define Abbott-Davis Race

February 27, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Reporting of this week’s UT/TT Poll can’t help but present a simple story: Davis is down, Abbott is up. But these latest results reflect factors that are much more deeply rooted than the low-hanging fruit making headlines and feeding campaign emails. 

Playing the Right Anglos

February 11, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

In the short run, the GOP appears to be embarking on a winning strategy to mobilize a reliable and larger electorate using the rhetoric that motivates its voters. 

Can Lt. Gov. Candidates Go Too Far on Abortion?

January 28, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The Republican lieutenant governor candidates' views on abortion after rape, displayed prominently in Monday night’s debate, may have edged farther right than the Texas GOP’s comfort zone.

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