Abbott tops stable O’Rourke in new Texas poll

(The Hill) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) has maintained a 7-point lead over Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke in the race for governor of the Lone Star State, according to new polls.

The Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll showed Abbott’s 46% to 39% lead over O’Rourke has held steady since May.

Abbott drew the bulk of his support from Republican voters in the state in the new poll, with more than three-quarters saying they “approve” or “strongly approve” of his handling of the governorship – compared to just 22% of democrats.

Eighty-five percent of Republicans say they would vote for Abbott in the gubernatorial race, while 81% of Democrats say they would vote for O’Rourke.

A slightly higher percentage of Democrats said they would cross party lines to support Abbott than Republicans who said they would do the same for O’Rourke – 12% and 8%, respectively.

Higher percentages of respondents said Abbott would do a better job than O’Rourke at managing crime reduction, border security, power grid management and the economy, although more respondents said that O’Rourke would be better at “bringing people together” than Abbott.

A total of 47% of respondents said they approved of Abbott’s performance and 49% disapproved. More than half of voters polled also said they thought Texas was “on the wrong track” under its current leadership, at 56%, while 43% said it was “heading in the right direction.”

At the same time, just over half of respondents – 53% – said they approved of Abbott’s handling of the state’s economy.

Fifty-one percent, meanwhile, said they approved of Abbott’s handling of immigration at the southern border. The Texas governor recently made headlines for sending migrant buses north of the US-Mexico border to New York and Washington, DC, to protest President Biden’s immigration policies.

Republicans in the new survey were most likely to attribute inflation and a higher cost of living in Texas to Biden and Congress, while Democrats also blamed the problem on Washington and lawmakers Abbott and Congress. Texas and attributed it primarily to “supply issues”.

O’Rourke won the Texas Democratic primary in March and will face Abbott in the November general election.

Conducted Aug. 1-7, the poll polled 1,384 registered voters, of whom 33% said they were Democrats and 40% said they were Republicans. Twenty-seven percent said they were not affiliated with any party. The margin of error was 2.8 percentage points.

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