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Handle Perry-Abbott Race With Care

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

There is less to those Rick Perry-Greg Abbott horserace numbers than you might think. It's early, for one thing, and campaigns and voter attitudes change things dramatically. Plus, the two might never face off on a ballot.

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Behind a Perry-Abbott Matchup

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

A hypothetical head-to-head matchup between Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott might be better understood by looking beyond the horse-race polling results in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

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Refining the UT/TT Poll

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

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll has a bigger sample size than its predecessors — the better to see what various subgroups of Texans are thinking about politics and policy in the state.

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Playing the Numbers on Gaming in Texas

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

It's not so much what Texans think about gaming in Texas — they're generally for it — but about how strongly they feel. And the people who don't want expanded gaming feel more strongly than proponents.

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Keywords: Gambling

Race and Change in Voter ID Support

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has argued that Texans of all races strongly support voter ID. While this was true as recently as early 2011, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll shows that there has been a sea change. 

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Keywords: Race, Voter ID

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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Obama's Job Approval in Texas

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD

Heading into President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, we thought it would be worth rehashing his approval numbers here in Texas. 

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Keywords: Barack Obama

Cruz Beats Drum on Immigration

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

If Ted Cruz seems to be marching out of step with GOP leaders attempting to lower the volume on the party’s immigration rhetoric, results from the last UT/Texas Tribune poll suggest the drumbeat he's listening to is the one being played by his voters.

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Keywords: Immigration, Ted Cruz

The GOP's Immigration Problem

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

A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points.

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Lawmakers Fret About Water, but the Public Doesn't

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

Water has emerged as the top infrastructure issue before the 83rd Legislature — an issue that appears to be more important to lawmakers than to most of the people they represent.

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