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Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project and a doctoral candidate in the government department at the University of Texas at Austin. Born in New York, NY, he has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a master's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Recent Contributions

 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

The Polling Center: A Seat for the Tea Party

Sentiment for the Tea Party remains strong within the GOP, but what started as an insurgent group is becoming just another — albeit important — part of the Republican Party in Texas.

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 Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Polling Center: Rubio, Rest of GOP Say No to Amnesty

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hit the Sunday talk shows to discuss an immigration reform plan that he said would not provide amnesty. In Texas, a strong majority of Texans oppose a comprehensive overhaul, with the "pathway to citizenship" a likely stumbling block.

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The Polling Center: Texans Conservative on Concealed Carry

It's no shock that Texans tend to be more conservative when it comes to federal gun control measures. But Texans are also conservative in another, more literal sense when it comes to proposals seeking to reduce the requirements to carry a concealed handgun.

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 Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Polling Center: Disapproval and Its Consequence

Some voters will associate a particular policy with a particular individual, and they will probably transfer the opinion of the person to the issue at hand. President Obama's numbers in Texas show that any issue he supports is unlikely to gain much traction in the state.

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 Bob Daemmrich

The Polling Center: Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

Whether or not the Catholic Church remains strongly opposed to gay marriage under Pope Francis I, one thing is for sure: There is a clear and widening gap between papal and public opinion on same-sex relationships in the U.S., and Texas is no exception.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Ed Schipul

The Polling Center: Water Not Floating to Top With Texas Voters

Despite water’s saturation of the political priority list, the public still appears ambivalent about Texas’ water needs and out of step with state legislators on how to pay for it, according to the latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll.

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 Tamir Kalifa

The Polling Center: UT/TT Poll Changes With Evolving Environment

By increasing our sample size and providing more analyses of the data in our blog, we hope to provide interested parties with what they seek: in-depth coverage of the actors and issues that are driving important parts of the political process in the state.

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 Muliadi Soenaryo

The Polling Center: Refining the UT/TT Poll

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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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Polling Center: Playing the Numbers on Gaming in Texas

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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