Joshua Blank, PhD

Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research at 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.      

Will the Tea Party Press John Cornyn?

October 2, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Some in the Tea Party faction of the Texas GOP are encouraging talk of a challenge to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, raising a question: Is he vulnerable to a challenge?

Education Could Test Both Parties

September 26, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Education could be a tricky issue for gubernatorial candidates in 2014, with both the Democratic and Republican nominee having to navigate through unexpected cross-currents among their own constituencies.

Lies, Damn Lies and Campaign Polls

September 19, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

An ever-expanding niche market of political junkies — and the specialized media that feeds it — finds news in polling results and in conflicts over polling practice. The release of internal polls becomes as much about shaping public opinion as it is about measuring it.

Are Suburban Women Key to Democratic Resurgence?

September 12, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

While the Hispanic vote has been the focus of much of the analysis of Democrats’ prospects for turning the Republican tide, in the short term, they will almost certainly need to look to suburban women — especially if Wendy Davis is at the top of the ticket.

Inventing Abbott

September 5, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

For all the advantages that have lent the feel of an unofficial coronation to his candidacy for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott remains an undefined figure among many Texas voters, including as many as 40 percent of Republican primary voters. 

How Holder May Help Abbott in 2014

August 29, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Public opinion on voting rights in Texas neither paints a dour picture for gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott nor presents a clear path forward for Democrats.

How Abortion Could Shape a 2014 Abbott-Davis Contest

August 22, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The return of abortion bills during the special sessions presents opportunities for both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis to consolidate support and financial backers. But the choices they make could result in a potentially complicated general election dynamic.

Ambivalence Structures Gridlock on NSA Surveillance

August 21, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

It's not surprising that the political class hasn't rallied to one side or the other on the debate over NSA surveillance; the public is sending oblique messages to its elected officials.

Perry’s Whack at the Obamacare Piñata

August 9, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

While most Americans do in fact have an opinion on the Affordable Care Act, to say that they understand it — at all, let alone “all too well” — runs contrary to the data currently available.

Joe Straus and the Other Republicans

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

Many statewide Republican candidates are running to the right to position themselves for the primaries, but the Speaker of the House enjoys a rarified position: An office with statewide reach that doesn't appear on the statewide ballot.

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