The most recent poll, taken by the University of Texas at Austin is in – this is what they found
The survey found that Abbott received 45% of support among registered voters, while 40% supported O’Rourke and 4% supported third-party candidates. Three percent of respondents named “Someone else” as their choice, and 8% said they have not thought about the race enough to have an opinion.
The result is almost identical to the margin from when the pollsters last surveyed the race in June, finding Abbott ahead of O’Rourke 45% to 39%.
The latest survey also gave Republican incumbents leads in two other statewide races. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick led Democrat Mike Collier by 7 points, and Attorney General Ken Paxton registered a 5-point advantage over Democrat Rochelle Garza. More voters remain undecided in those contests than in the gubernatorial election — 20% in the lieutenant governor’s race and 21% in the attorney general one.
Abbott is seeking a third term against O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman who lost to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. Forty-six percent of respondents approve of the job Abbott is doing while 44% disapprove, according to the poll. It marks an improvement over the June poll, when Abbott’s approval rating was upside down, with 43% approving and 46% disapproving.
There is a chance that's due to the wild popularity of the Governor’s bussing immigrants to sanctuary cities to let those municipalities field a small percentage of the burden of the Southern border crisis.
When it comes to issues, the poll showed voters continue to prioritize the border. “Immigration/border security” led the list of issues that voters said were most important to their vote in the election, with 26% choosing it. It was followed by the state economy (13%), abortion (12%), and gun violence (11%).
Voters said they trusted Abbott more on the border and economy and O’Rourke more on abortion. They were equally divided on who had the advantage of gun violence.
O’Rourke has campaigned heavily against Abbott on abortion, highlighting that Abbott signed the “trigger law” that has banned almost all abortions in Texas following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Each poll we’ve seen shows that abortion remains only a minor factor for a relatively small percentage of state voters.
Abbott’s most significant advantage remains the border. By a 12-point margin, voters said they trusted him to do a better job on “immigration/border security” than O’Rourke. And 51% said they support Abbott’s program to bus migrants to other parts of the country that has captured headlines recently. At the same time, only Thirty-five percent of Texas voters opposed the initiative.
President Joe Biden remains unpopular in Texas. The latest poll found Biden has a net approval rating of negative 12 points in Texas.
The poll of 1,200 registered voters was conducted online from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The margin of error was +/- 2.83 points.
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This non-satirical, non-biased, and fully attributed article was compiled by the accredited and degreed veteran investigative reporter Kurt Dillon. It is comprised of information compiled from the following sources: Real Clear Politics, and The University of Texas at Austin.
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