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Voter Poll Looks Closer at the Races Ahead of Super Tuesday

Posted on · Super Tuesday is just days away (March 1, 2016). Voters will go to the polls in the Texas primary to cast their votes for presidential nominees, congressional races and many more. But who’s likely to win their races? And what’s on voters’ minds in Greater Houston heading into Election Day? Houston Public Media and the Hobby […]

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GOP Presidential Race in Texas: Wednesday’s Show (February 24, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Public Media and the Hobby Center for Public Policy have conducted their first statewide election poll, examining the GOP presidential race here in Texas ahead of Super Tuesday. We unveil the findings on today’s Houston Matters. As we dig into the numbers (which will be made available starting at noon here), we also explore what’s motivating […]

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Are Houstonians Less Likely to Vote Than Other Americans?

Posted on · This morning NPR’s Morning Edition examined voter anxiety in this election year, and what’s fueling it. We explore what potentially sets voter attitudes in Greater Houston apart from other communities — voter apathy. While voter turnout is typically lower in off-year elections, even with controversial issues and a mayoral campaign, last fall’s election turnout was, to […]

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Oil Impact on Nonprofits, and Houston Voter Apathy: Monday’s Show (January 25, 2016)

Posted on · As oil prices continue to fall, there’s been some hand-wringing in Greater Houston over the potential impact to the region’s nonprofits. Some philanthropic organizations rely heavily on support from some of Houston’s major oil and gas companies, and as belt tightening continues in some portions of the energy sector, there’s concern that it could lead […]

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Poll Shows King and Turner in a Dead Heat as Runoff Approaches

Posted on · The results of the latest News 88.7/KHOU 11 News 2015 Runoff Election Poll show former State Rep. Sylvester Turner and former Kemah Mayor Bill King are in a statistical dead heat as Election Day (Dec. 12, 2015) approaches. News 88.7’s Managing News Editor Jose Luis Jimenez sat down with the pollster — Rice University Political Science Professor Bob Stein — to analyze the results.

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Election Poll: One Mayoral Candidate’s Surprising Rise, One’s Surprising Fall

Posted on · In just a little more than three weeks, Houstonians will go to the polls to vote on a new mayor, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, and term limits for city council members – among other matters. But in what direction are voters leaning on these issues? We examine voter attitudes as determined by the latest […]

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Election Poll and the Creative Economy: Monday’s Show (October 12, 2015)

Posted on · In just a little more than three weeks, Houstonians will go to the polls to vote on a new mayor, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, and term limits for city council members – among other matters. But in what direction are voters leaning on these issues? On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine voter […]

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Poll Shows Voters’ Thoughts on Transportation Issues

Posted on · We all know one of the biggest challenges (if not the biggest) facing Houston in the future is transportation. Voters reinforced that concern in the just-released News 88-7/KHOU 11 Voter Poll, which we discussed at some length on Wednesday. Today, and over the next few days, we’re going to delve into deeper detail on some of the […]

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Poll Shows Houston Voters’ Thoughts on Mayoral Race and the Area’s Major Issues

Posted on · Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, […]

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Election Poll and Paula Poundstone: Wednesday’s Show (June 24, 2015)

Posted on · Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, […]

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When Will Latino Political Influence Reflect Demographics?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University […]

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The Latino Vote and the Astros Hacked: Monday’s Show (June 22, 2015)

Posted on · Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University […]

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Is METRO Agreement Progress or Political Gamesmanship?

Posted on · On Monday, Houston METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia and U.S. Congressman John Culberson held a press conference to announce the beginning of discussions to find regional transportation solutions together. That announcement was surprising to some, as twice now Rep. Culberson — a member of the House Appropriations Committee — inserted a provision into a transportation, housing and […]

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The Houston Zoo and Funding Rail: Tuesday’s Show (May 19, 2015)

Posted on · On Monday, Houston METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia and U.S. Congressman John Culberson held a press conference to announce the beginning of discussions to find regional transportation solutions together. That announcement was surprising to some, as twice now Rep. Culberson — a member of the House Appropriations Committee — inserted a provision into a transportation, housing and […]

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The Astrodome Turns 50, But Still, What Should We Do with It?

Posted on · The Houston Astrodome officially opened 50 years ago today. Tonight, the event is being commemorated in an event at Carruth Plaza next to the now-vacant Dome. Among those participating: Preservation Houston, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who over the last year has been trying to sell his concept to […]