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POLL: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Holds Strong Lead Against Gun Grabbing Beto O’Rourke

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With just 38 days to go before the Texas Gubernatorial, Governor Greg Abbot (R) holds a strong lead against gun-grabbing Beto O’Rourke, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week.

The survey, taken roughly six weeks from Election Day in November, shows Abbott holding a solid seven-point lead against O’Rourke.

Republicans support Abbott 96 – 3 percent, while Democrats support O’Rourke 96 – 4 percent. Among independents, 53 percent support Abbott, while 46 percent support O’Rourke.

Likely voters were asked who would do a better job handling four issues…

The economy: 56 percent say Abbott, while 41 percent say O’Rourke;
The situation at the Mexican border: 54 percent say Abbott, while 43 percent say O’Rourke;
Gun policy: 53 percent say Abbott, while 44 percent say O’Rourke;
Abortion: 48 percent say O’Rourke, while 46 percent say Abbott.

“The race for the top job in Austin leans toward Abbott, who has very strong support from white Texans, particularly white men, while O’Rourke has overwhelming appeal among Black voters and strong support among young voters,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Nearly all likely voters (96 percent) who support a candidate in the race for governor say their minds are made up about how they will cast their vote, while 3 percent say they might change their minds before the election.

Likely voters are split in their opinion of Abbott, as 50 percent have a favorable opinion of him and 47 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.

O’Rourke receives a negative favorability rating, as 44 percent have a favorable opinion of him and 50 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.


Asked to choose the most urgent issue facing Texas today, the Texas-Mexico border (38 percent) ranks first followed by abortion (17 percent) and inflation (11 percent).

The survey, taken September 22-26, 2022, among 1,327 likely Texas voters, has a +/- 2.7 margin of error.

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