The latest polling data from the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs indicates that Republican Governor Greg Abbott leads Democratic contender Beto O’Rourke by five percentage points in the upcoming general election for governor of the Lone Star State.
The poll included four candidates expected to make it onto the ballot for the general election in November. Abbott got approval from 48 percent of the respondents, while O’Rourke received 43 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Mark Jay Tippetts got two percent in the poll, and Green Party candidate Delilah Barrios received one percent. Six percent of respondents said they were “unsure.”
Abbott received 48 percent of the vote among voters identified as independent, while O’Rourke only managed 17 percent. Tippetts got seven percent of independents, and Barrios received three percent. A whopping 28 percent of independent voters said they are as of yet “unsure.”
O’Rourke said in a press conference last week that he wants Joe Biden and all politicians from Washington to “stay away” from his campaign. He said that he is not interested in anyone “outside of Texas” coming in to influence the outcome of the gubernatorial race. He added that he only intends to listen to or work with people inside Texas.
Biden is becoming seen by Democrats running for state and local offices as an unnecessary burden. Biden’s continually dropping approval numbers and poor policy decisions have made him a liability in the eyes of Democrats seeking approval of local voters. The horrific withdrawal of US military forces from Afghanistan, surging inflation, the supply chain crisis and overreaching COVID-19 measures have led Democrats to avoid connections to the White House.
The Hobby School survey was conducted from January 14 through January 24 and included 1,400 registered Texas voters. The margin of error for the survey is plus/minus 2.2 percent.
O’Rourke lost the statewide race for US Senate in 2018 to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and mounted a failed primary run for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.