The Big Conversation:
Most Texans still aren't optimistic about the future of the country, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But a deep partisan divide underlies the data.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents in the survey said the U.S. was on the wrong track, compared with 31 percent who said it was on the right track. Meanwhile, 43 percent said the state was headed in the right direction, while 34 percent said it was headed in the wrong direction.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the responses tracked with ideology: Republicans were likelier to view the U.S. as ...