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A new poll indicates that incumbent GOP Governor Greg Abbott maintains his lead over his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, in the Texas gubernatorial race. The poll shows that many voters in the state, Hispanics in particular, are concerned about border conditions and support state efforts to bus migrants to other US cities.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, which polled 1,327 likely Texas voters, found that if the election were held today, 53% of respondents would vote for Abbott and 46% would vote for O’Rourke.
Fifty percent of those polled said they had a favorable view of Abbott, compared to 44% who said the same for O’Rourke. Overall, 51% of respondents said they approved of Abbott’s handling of his duties as governor.
Fifty-six percent of voters in the survey said they thought Abbott would do a better job managing the state’s economy, while 41% said the same of O’Rourke. .
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The No. 1 issue for voters in the state is the southern border with Mexico, with a total of 38% naming it the “most pressing issue facing Texas today,” followed by abortion and inflation at 17% and 11%, respectively.
Among Hispanics, 36% said the Texas-Mexico border was the most “urgent” issue in Texas, followed by abortion, gun rights and inflation.
Nearly half of likely Hispanic voters who participated in the survey also expressed support for state efforts to transport illegal migrants to other parts of the country, with 48% saying they approved of the program and 51 % saying they disagreed. Of all voters, 66% of those asked about the practice said they support the initiative.
A total of 54% of voters polled said they thought Abbott would do a better job handling the crisis on the southern border, compared with 43% who said the same for O’Rourke.
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The survey findings come after Abbott and other state leaders orchestrated efforts this year to send many buses loaded with illegal migrants from Texas to other parts of the country to highlight President Biden’s handling of the crisis along the southern border. The move sparked a backlash among city leaders who have dealt with incoming migrants, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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Voters were also asked to give their thoughts on President Biden’s leadership from the White House. Of those polled, a majority, 57%, said they disapproved of his job performance, while only 39% said they approved.
The Quinnipiac University poll, conducted September 22-26, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%.