UH Center studying politics,
health care issues
Cougar News Services
After publishing a survey that stated Gov.
Rick Perry's lead over Democratic challenger Tony Sanchez had been cut
by almost half
since early June, UH's Center for Public
Policy will next turn its attention to health care.
The CPP is preparing a survey on critical
health care issues as part of the inaugural Texas Policy Survey. The results,
which will be
addressed by the Texas Legislature in
January 2003, will be available July 14.
A cross section of Texas residents was
surveyed to measure attitudes about health care coverage and services in
The CPP asked questions about whether Texans
felt the health care system had improved or worsened over the years; who
was responsible for the quality of health
care; and what they felt were the most important health care issues.
This Texas Public Policy Survey is the
first to be conducted by the CPP. The center will also coordinate surveys
on other public policy
issues every three months.
The center identifies and evaluates major
public policy issues affecting Houston and the state. The center is an
active source for
impartial research regarding regional
political, economic and demographic issues.
On Tuesday, the CPP released results from
its political race survey, which also stated that former Dallas Mayor Ron
Kirk was leading
Texas Attorney General John Cornyn in
the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Phil Gramm.
According to the survey, Texans' concern
about the economy was growing, a result CPP Director Richard Murray attributed
weakened stock market and corporate scandals.