Poll suggests Uvalde shooting tightens Texas gubernatorial race – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Incumbent Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott leads Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by just five points after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll finds Abbott has the support of 48% of registered voters while O’Rourke has 43% – down from Abbott’s 15-point, 52%-37% lead in December.

Quinnipiac finds that women and young voters help spur O’Rourke.

However, other polls suggest that Abbott and the GOP likely still have the support of most Texans.

Voters were asked who would do a better job addressing six key issues. Polls show that Abbott is well ahead on all but two issues: gun policy and abortion.

Abbott has a net positive/unfavorable rating (46% positive, 45% negative), while O’Rourke’s is net negative (38% positive, 43% negative). President Joe Biden’s approval rating in the state (33%) is well below Abbott’s rating as governor (46%).

The poll still finds that the Uvalde shooting has affected the sentiments of voters in Texas where 61% of parents of school-aged children say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried there will be a shooting at the their child’s school while 58% say they support tougher gun laws.

Quinnipiac polled 1,257 registered voters from June 9-13 and he has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.


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