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Paul Beckham and Gary Giffen leave Zilker Elementary School in Austin after casting ballots for the primary election on March 4.
Paul Beckham and Gary Giffen leave Zilker Elementary School in Austin after casting ballots for the primary election on March 4.

Media Consortium Plans More Exit Polling in Texas

Two years after national polling consortium opted to scale back its survey of Texas voters, the group plans to increase its exit polling in the state during this year's November elections. It's good news for academic researchers, who say the data helps them study shifts in Texas politics.

UT/TT Poll: Voters Open to Education Changes

Voters do not see the necessity of a college education as strongly as they did four years ago, and they are open to a range of potentially major changes in public education, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But the overall support hides some strong partisan disagreements over which proposals are best.

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

Polling Center: Threading the Needle on Education

Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example. Democrat Wendy Davis is making education a centerpiece of her campaign, while Republican Greg Abbott talks education, too, and attacks her for high-priced ideas.

Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.
Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.

Does the Tea Party Really Want to Limit Government?

It might be tempting to romanticize the Tea Party as something distinct from the Republican Party, but poll data suggests that Tea Party voters would support using government power to enact unquestionably conservative policies.

State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.

Polling Center: Poll Findings vs. Election Results

In several races, Tuesday's election results didn't match the findings of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll two weeks earlier. For instance, the poll had Republican Dan Patrick second in the race for lieutenant governor and he finished first, and found Republican Debra Medina in first place in a comptroller primary where she finished third. What happened?

UT/TT Poll: Texans Split on Immigration Overhaul

A slight majority of Texas registered voters would support an overhaul of federal immigration law that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. And 47 percent would rather have local and state officials enforce those laws than the federal government.

Polling Center: Privacy, Partisans and Paranoid Style

Everybody is nervous about privacy and most voters don't have a high level of confidence in many public and private institutions. But their level of trust has a lot to do with their political alignment, too. Texas Republicans are more likely to distrust the Democratic president. Texas Democrats are more likely to distrust the Republican Legislature.

Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Polling Center: Major Issues, Poison Pills

Democratic and Republican voters favor many provisions of proposed immigration law reforms and of the Affordable Care Act. But the rhetorical emphasis on unpopular provisions of those policies have made them nonstarters with those same voters. It's hard to determine whether this is a case of voters leaving the politicians or the other way around, but polling suggests there is room for compromise.

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Polling Center: Obama Weighs Heavily on Texas Democrats

There is a reason so many Texas Republicans are mentioning the Democratic president in their commercials: He's unpopular with Republicans, and moderates and some Democrats have their reservations, too. The president's numbers among his own supporters in Texas are as low as they have ever been.