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

Tatishe M. Nteta

Provost 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

Select Media Coverage (10)

Viola Fletcher waited 102 years for reparations. She’s still waiting.

The Washington Post  online


Tatishe Nteta, provost professor of political science and director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article on the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the slow national movement toward reparations. The article cites a UMass poll conducted in January showing that a majority of Americans oppose cash payments for descendants of slaves. “It’s all about deservingness,” Nteta says. “It’s really informed by negative racial views and stereotypes of African Americans, and what they would do with the money.”

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Most California voters oppose cash reparations for slavery, poll finds

NPR  radio


Tatishe Nteta, provost professor of political science and director of the UMass Poll, comments on new polling in California that found most voters there oppose paying cash reparations to descendants of enslaved Americans. “California is an important test case,” Nteta said, “If [the effort there to pay reparations] passes, it provides the momentum for the reparations movement that it has been looking for for 200-plus years. But if it doesn't pass, it provides momentum for those who oppose reparations to make the case that in a state as progressive as California, if you can’t pass reparations, the likelihood of passing this at the national level is very low, and in other states is also very low.”

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Poll: Trump voters say racism against white Americans is a bigger problem than racism against Black Americans

Yahoo! News  online


Tatishe Nteta, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and director of the UMass Poll, who’s been surveying how Americans feel about reparations for two years, acknowledges the low popularity of reparations, but notes it’s bigger than public opinion. “Reparations policy is not necessarily about public opinion,” Nteta told Yahoo News. “It’s about the recognition by a private institution, individuals or governments. It’s about atoning for the mistreatment directed at a particular group.”

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How Do You Put A Price On America's Original Sin?

NPR  radio


When he first started polling on reparations three years ago, Tatishe Nteta at the University of Massachusetts Amherst expected money to be the big issue or how to make it all work. But that's not what he found. "A plurality of Americans believe that the problem with reparations - the reason why they oppose reparations is because they don't believe the descendants of slaves deserve reparations. So this is not a question of logistics or economics. It's a question of deservedness," Nteta says.

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With political and policy differences, relationship between Wu and Healey may be more complicated than it seems

The Boston Globe  print


“A number of progressives and Democrats assume that Maura Healey is going to be a progressive governor,” said Tatishe Nteta, a pollster and political science professor at UMass Amherst. But her agenda “doesn’t sound like a progressive to me.”

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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.

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Select Publications (4)

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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Politicians Should Know When to Retire


Tatishe Nteta, Jesse Rhodes, and Adam Eichen


"There are strong signs that Americans are uneasy with the graying of our nation's leadership. In June, we asked a representative sample of over 1,000 Americans whether they support the passage of a constitutional amendment that would establish a maximum age to serve in the U.S. Senate. We found that over two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) expressed support for this constitutional amendment, with only 11 percent expressing opposition to such a change."

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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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