Tammy Frisby


Tammy Frisby was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from 2009 to 2017. She studies American national politics and public policy making and is currently working on a book about the political history of economic theory and tax politics on the American political Right since the 1980s.

Her research has been published in Policy Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, California Journal of Politics and Policy, and Environmental Science and Technology. Frisby has contributed op-eds to theWall Street Journal, the major Capitol Hill Internet newspaper POLITICO.com, CNN.com, and the Washington Times. Her research has also been featured by The Washington Post's Wonkblog, the UK's The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire. She has written for Forbes.com, where she provides analysis and commentary of current US politics and policy making. She is a frequent guest on radio and television as a political analyst.

Frisby holds an MA and PhD in political science from Harvard University's Department of Government. She earned her BA in political science summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

You can follow her on Twitter @tmfrisby.

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Californians On The California Economy: Results From The May 2017 Golden State Poll

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Thursday, May 25, 2017

This spring saw the routine preparations for the annual May Revision of California’s proposed state budget disrupted by the political bargaining required to raise the gas tax for the first time in 23 years. In the midst of that unusual political scene, the Hoover Institution’s Golden State Poll surveyed Californians about their economic well-being and their opinions on economic policies that impact the nation-state’s global-sized GDP including infrastructure spending and a possible revisit of the property-tax limiting Proposition 13.

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Voters’s Views On Sacramento And What A Trump White House Means For California

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The most recent Golden State Poll had a lot of ground to cover. For the fourth January in a row, we asked Californians to reflect on the state’s government, public policy, and politics just as the governor is about to do the same in his yearly address to the state at the end of the month. 

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Golden State Poll Studies California Voters in Unconventional Election

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In an election year defined by breaks from tradition, the ballot before California voters next month fits right in. Beyond the historic and highly unusual presidential race, Californians will make their first general election choice between two Democrats for U.S. Senate. And among a fleet of propositions, the voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana and about a pair of initiatives that together give Californians the choice to repeal, reform, or keep as is the state’s death penalty.

Analysis and Commentary

Studies show improving voter education critical

by Tammy Frisbyvia Orange County Register
Monday, November 3, 2014

In this election, California voters have once again been tasked with making public policy at the ballot box.

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What Do Californians Want?

by Tammy Frisbyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A recent survey reveals that they are more pragmatic than we might expect.

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Analysis and Commentary

Reports of The Demise Of Representative Democracy Are Greatly Exaggerated

by Tammy Frisbyvia Forbes.com
Friday, October 4, 2013

Political polarization is hardly a concept unique to the 21st Century. We've seen this movie before.

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Narrow Margins and Constrained Options

by Tammy Frisbyvia The Caravan
Monday, December 10, 2012

Mr. President:

Looking ahead to your second term, evaluations of your prospects for success in domestic policymaking usually fall between fair (but maybe including the achievement of landmark tax reform or comprehensive immigration reform) and non-existent.

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The Politics of Tax Reform

by Tammy Frisbyvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2012

Getting the simpler, flatter, pro-growth code we need

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Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Monday, November 5, 2012

Between October 15-30th, 2012, a team of survey researchers affiliated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University polled 600 Californians about their views of state government, policy choices facing the state, and life in the Golden State.

Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 5, 2012