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Nashville residents are becoming more uneasy with the city's rapid growth, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University taken ahead of citywide elections this summer.

The survey by the school's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions found that a slim majority of city residents still believe Nashville is on the right track, but the share that disagrees has nearly doubled since 2015. 

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Tennesseans are growing more worried about the cost of health care, a new poll from Vanderbilt has found, in a development that could have implications for the state's next leader.

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Tennesseans surprised pollsters this week. For the first time since Vanderbilt launched its regular polling, health care tied with the economy as the top priority of Tennessee voters.

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Congressman Diane Black.

That's who Tennesseans say they're most familiar with as the race to succeed Governor Bill Haslam begins. Just under half of all voters say in a new statewide poll they've heard of her.

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Tennesseans are feeling a bit better about the future, and pollsters at Vanderbilt University believe it's because of Donald Trump's election.

Their latest survey finds Tennesseans' attitudes about the direction of the state and the country have improved substantially since last spring.

In its first poll since the election, Vanderbilt's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions says 60 percent of Tennessee voters approve of Trump, and almost as many say they're now optimistic about the country's future.

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There's no evidence that Tennessee Republicans will stay home this election because of their disagreements with Donald Trump.

A Vanderbilt poll released Thursday finds that, even though Trump's support in Tennessee lags behind Mitt Romney's four years ago, the billionaire businessman's voters are still more enthusiastic than Hillary Clinton's.


Tennesseans seem to be on board with increasing the state's tax on gasoline. That's one conclusion political scientists at Vanderbilt University are drawing from their latest poll of voters.

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Tennessee's transportation commissioner says the $300 billion highway bill passed last week by Congress won't solve Tennessee's road-funding woes.

He says it would take 50 years, at current construction rates, to address all of the state's needs.

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Tennesseans have mixed feelings about whether the state needs tougher gun laws, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

The majority of Tennesseans — 54 percent — told researchers that gun laws should stay the same as they are now. That compared to 40 percent who said gun sales should be made harder.

But once pollsters placed some specific ideas before them, Tennesseans actually said they favor tougher measures.

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Donald Trump is leading the Republican field in Tennessee, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans say they would vote for Trump if the primary election were held today. That's 4 percentage points more than surgeon Ben Carson.

The New York businessman did best among Tea Party voters. He also performed well with non-Tea Party Republicans and born-again Christians, said Vanderbilt political scientist Josh Clinton.