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Tatishe M. Nteta - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Tatishe M. Nteta Tatishe M. Nteta

Associate Professor of Political Science / Director of UMass Poll | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Tatishe Nteta's research lies at the intersection of the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political behavior.

Expertise (5)

Political Polls

American Politics

Politics and Political Analysis

Race Culture and Ethnicity



Tatishe Nteta directs the UMass Amherst Poll, combining the latest Internet polling technology, conducted through YouGov, with leading political science expertise in both Massachusetts and national affairs. Nteta’s research interests lie at the intersection of the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion and political behavior. His work examines the impact of changing demographics and shifts in the sociopolitical incorporation of racial minorities on the contours of American race relations, policy preferences and participation.

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UMass Amherst Changemakers: Tatishe Nteta UMass Political Poll Results Breakdown | Connecting Point | Nov. 30, 2018  Diversity in Politics & 2045 “Minority White” Projection | Connecting Point


Education (2)

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Political Science

University of Maryland: B.A., African American Studies and Government and Politics

Media Coverage (9)

Danielle Allen Is Running for Massachusetts Governor to Revive American Democracy

The Nation  online


Tatishe Nteta is quoted in an article examining the gubernatorial campaign of Harvard faculty member Danielle Allen. Nteta says that Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision not to run and the announcement by Attorney General Maura Healey that she is entering the race makes Allen’s path to victory “much more difficult.”

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Push to repeal new Mass. driver's license law ramps up

Wall Street Journal  online


Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass Poll, discusses recent poll results on issues including the economy, presidential candidates for the 2024 election and rights for undocumented immigrants.

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California could soon give reparations to Black people. Here's what that could look like

USA Today  print


Tatishe Nteta is interviewed for a story about what it could look like if California chooses to pay reparations to descendants of enslaved people.

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Black Support of Black Lives Matter Movement in Decline, Poll Finds

BET  online


In an article citing a “Newsweek” report about support for the Black Lives Matter movement among Black Americans, UMass Poll director Tatishe Nteta says "What is somewhat surprising is that this decline is seen across the board, with ardent supporters of police reforms such as progressives, Democrats, African Americans and young Americans also exhibiting a decrease in their support for these changes."

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Black women know how Ketanji Brown Jackson feels

San Francisco Chronicle  print


Tatishe Nteta discusses results of a new national UMass Amherst poll show that more than two-thirds of Republicans believe the House of Representatives should impeach President Joe Biden if the GOP retakes the House in this fall’s midterm elections.

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Charlie Baker and the Rise of One-Party Rule

The Atlantic  print


Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article examining the potential of single-party rule by Democrats in Massachusetts following the announcement that Gov. Charlie Baker will not seek a third term this fall. Should a Democrat win the governorship, Massachusetts “will become a beacon for what progressive politics can do,” Nteta says.

the atlantic

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WCVB/UMass poll: Pollster breaks down NH numbers

WCVB Boston  tv


How solid are these NH poll numbers? UMass Amherst Poll Director Tatishe Nteta breaks it down. Tatishe Nteta discusses polling a week before the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary.

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Trump Is Changing the Shape of the Democratic Party, Too

The New York Times  print


A column about the aftermath of the election of President Donald Trump quotes from a paper by Matthew C. McWilliams and Tatishe Nteta, political science, and former colleague Brian Schaffner.

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Diversity in Politics & 2045 “Minority White” Projection

WGBY - Public Television for Western New England  tv


Political panelists State Rep. Jose Tosado (D), Political Consultant Ryan McCollum, UMass Political Science Professor Tatishe Nteta, and Springfield Housing Authority Executive Director Denise Jordan comment on United States census projections that whites will be the minority race in the US starting in 2045 and the impact this may have on politics.

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Publications (4)

Understanding White Polarization in the 2016 Vote for President: The Sobering Role of Racism and Sexism

Political Science Quarterly

Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWiliam, Tatishe Nteta


THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN FEATURED major-party candidates who both explicitly put issues of race and gender at the forefront of the discourse.

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Here’s how female candidates can sway fathers’ votes — if their first child is a daughter

The Washington Post

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, Jill Greenlee, Jesse H. Rhodes and Tatishe M. Nteta


In the 2018 midterm election campaign, many female gubernatorial candidates have argued that their campaigns would be good for young women and girls in their states. ... Our research, newly published at Political Behavior, suggests that some voters — in particular, fathers whose first child is a girl — are indeed influenced by such claims.

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Whites oppose — and blacks support — paying NCAA athletes, especially when they’re thinking about race

The Washington Post

Tatishe M. Nteta, Kevin Wallsten and Lauren A. McCarthy


Most Americans are skeptical about paying college athletes. But public opinion on this divides sharply by race. Most whites oppose “pay for play”; most African Americans support it.

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Family Ties? The Limits of Fathering Daughters on Congressional Behavior

American Politics Research

Mia Costa1, Jill S. Greenlee, Tatishe Nteta, Jesse H. Rhodes, Elizabeth A. Sharrow


Scholars have long suggested that familial life can affect political behavior and, more recently, have found that fathering daughters leads men to adopt more liberal positions on gender equality policies. However, few have focused on the impact of fathering a daughter on congressional behavior, particularly in an era of heightened partisan polarization.

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