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.      

Patrick Ad Goes Fishing for GOP Primary Votes

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

Data from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll suggests that the issues Sen. Dan Patrick invokes in the latest ad in his bid for lieutenant governor serve up very inviting bait for conservative voters, the big fish in GOP primary elections. 

From Smooth Sailing to Traffic Jam

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

The regular Texas legislative session was notable for bipartisan coalitions and harmony. The special sessions have been notable for partisan battles and stalemates. To understand what's going on, just look at the voters.

Texas Voters, Congress and Immigration

July 18, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Republican voters in Texas still have immigration and border security atop their lists of most important problems facing the state, and their sway over members of the Texas delegation will be noted by political colleagues and potential opponents alike.

The Morning After for Texas Democrats

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

A look at electoral returns and public opinion data helps explain why Democratic exuberance in the days after the Wendy Davis filibuster has been replaced with more measured analyses.

Ethics and Public Opinion of Rick Perry

July 10, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Texas voters are concerned about public ethics, and about some of the issues that have attached to the governor over the last 12 years — but they're partisan about it, and that has made all the difference for Rick Perry.

Dewhurst Could Pick Up Tab for Senate Meltdown

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

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst currently enjoys the unenviable status of being the least popular of the major statewide Republican elected officials in Texas, according to an analysis of his approval numbers and standing in election matchups. 

Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage

July 3, 2013
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

A trend of increasing support for some sort of legal recognition of same-sex relationships in both Texas and the country presents Republican politicians with a familiar dilemma.

How Public Opinion Fueled the Senate's Abortion Fight

July 3, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

While much attention has been paid to the political conflict on the floor of the Texas Senate last week, the subtleties of public opinion on abortion in Texas framed the clash in the upper chamber.

Does Texas Still Burn for Perry?

June 27, 2013
By: 
Joshua Blank, PhD
Jim Henson, PhD

While Gov. Rick Perry’s standing among Texans remains stronger than most of his “oops”-focused critics recognize, he can no longer count on the level of support he enjoyed among the state's conservatives four years ago.

Budget Endgames and Public Opinion

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

The public doesn't closely follow legislative debates over the budget, but sometimes those budget debates line up pretty accurately with public opinion.

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