Polling Center: Clear Demographics, Unclear Politics

As the rapid growth of the Hispanic population becomes a set piece of any discussion of Texas politics, opinion leaders in both parties regularly claim that theirs is the natural home to this sought after group. But data from recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune polling suggests that the attitudes of Hispanic voters tend to rest somewhere in between the positions occupied by the parties, though tilting, as one might expect, toward the Democrats.

Looking at both voting trends and party identification in polling, Democratic appeals based on the party’s economic positions — especially vis-a-vis the social safety net and ...

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