Statistic of the Day


According to a Public Policy Polling survey released on August 16, Donald Trump holds a relatively narrow 6-point lead over Hillary Clinton in Texas built on his strength with white and older voters.

Trump leads Clinton with 50 percent to her 44 percent, according to the poll of 944 likely voters conducted between August 12 and August 15. The poll has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Yet, PPP also found that three out of five Texans who said that they would not vote for Hillary Clinton also said they would support seceding from America if she becomes president.

But, beyond that all-too-predictable result result, the polling is very surprising. Consider the election results from the previous two presidentioal and gubernatorial elections in Texas:

2008 Presidential Election

2010 Gubernatorial Election

2010 Gubernatorial Election

2012 Presidential Election

2012 Presidential Election

2014 Gubernatorial Election

2014 Gubernatorial Election

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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