Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has a commanding lead over Democrat challenger Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, a UTTyler/Dallas Morning News survey released this week found.
The survey asked respondents whom they would support in the governor’s race. Overall, 47 percent said they would back Abbott, compared to 38 percent who said the same for O’Rourke, giving the Republican a nine-point lead.
However, the governor’s lead expands into the double-digits among voters who are more certain. In that category, Abbott garners 50 percent of the vote, compared to 39 percent for O’Rourke.
Abbott also holds the edge with white voters, women, and parents, while O’Rourke holds the edge with black voters and Latinos — although Abbott only falls four points behind among Latino voters.
Further, 54 percent trust Abbott to keep his campaign promises at least “a fair amount” if he is reelected, compared to 49 percent who said the same for O’Rourke.
The survey also asked respondents whom they believe will do better handling specific issues. Most believe Abbott will do a better job reducing crime (45 percent to O’Rourke’s 31 percent), securing the border (48 percent to 24 percent), handling the electrical grid (37 percent to 35 percent), improving the economy (43 percent to 32 percent) and improving schools (37 percent to 35 percent).
More recently, O’Rourke has focused less on the issues that Texans deem the most important, focusing largely on gun control and abortion, while arguing ludicrously that Abbott is making people “less safe” as well as “killing Texas women.”