Only a few months stand between many American voters and a pivotal day at the polls. As it pertains to voters in the Lone Star State, it appears that a poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov may offer a bit of insight into the upcoming gubernatorial race. After surveying 1,075 likely voters in Texas, CBS News and YouGov determined that Texas Governor Greg Abbott had the support of approximately 49% of voters while his challenger, Beto O’Rourke, only had 41% of the vote.
The work of CBS News and YouGov also offers insight into how voters look at each candidate on specific issues of importance. Specifically, the poll found that a majority of likely voters felt that Abbott handled the recent mass shooting in Uvdale, Texas poorly. Furthermore, a majority of likely voters view Abbott’s overall performance as governor unfavorably.
Along party lines, Abbott has a bit more support than he does among the general public. Neary 80% of Republican voters approve of Abbott’s track record as governor. In contrast, only 24% of Democrats and 40% of independents view Abbott’s track record as governor favorably.
Despite Abbott’s poor polling among Democrats and Independents, it does appear that he may be trending in the right direction as Election Day nears. The most recent poll from CBS News and YouGov was conducted from June 22 through June 27. However, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University from June 9 through June 13 found that Abbott was only leading by 5% at the time.
Election Day is set for November 8, 2022 in the state of Texas and around the country. Abbott will look to fend off O’Rourke yet again as the Lone Star determines its next governor.