Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) is currently 11 percentage points ahead of Democrat Robert O’Rourke in this year’s Texas gubernatorial race.
A Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll released Sunday showed Abbott in the lead.
Abbott leads O’Rourke 47%-36% in the matchup. Abbott also holds a slight lead over O’Rourke among Hspanics, 49%-39%. Overall, Abbott has seen a generally favorable net approval rating sitting between 45% and 50%. Unfortunately 50% of Texans do not like the direction the state is headed, with 49% believing the state is on the right path.
Abbott is not very liked among Independent voters as only 37% approve of his performance as governor. However, President Joe Biden faces much higher disapproval rates within the state of Texas. He is viewed unfavorably by 57% of Texans. This may contribute to citizens’ views on O’Rourke, as he may be too liberal for the majority of Texans.
O’Rourke has accused the Texas governor of endangering Texans with his public health orders in response to the ongoing pandemic and failing to strengthen the electricity grid.
However, Abbott has secured funds allowing him to draw attention to his achievements through advertisements and commercials. Governor Abbott is currently running for his third term. The GOP primaries will take place on March 1st, 2022.
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