Keyword: Democratic Party

On immigration, polling defies assumptions

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

In Texas, the surprisingly complex patterns of public opinion on immigration call into question the conventional wisdom informing media coverage — and even political strategy.

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Clear Demographics, Unclear Politics

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Sages in both political parties say they are the natural ideological allies of the rising Hispanic population in Texas. But while the demographic trends are undeniable, the political meaning behind them is cloudy.

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Are Suburban Women Key to Democratic Resurgence?

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and 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.

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The Morning After for Texas Democrats

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and 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.

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The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

Overall, Texas voters — by a slight majority — believe the federal government should continue oversight of the state's changes in election laws, according to the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But partisans are split.

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Science and Politics — and Partisans

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

An endorsement by the most famous political independent in the country highlights a political fault line: the partisan division over the usefulness of science in policy making.

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Will the Greens Take Votes From the Democrats?

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

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

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Ronnie Earle Runs for Lieutenant Governor

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

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

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