AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Internal polls for Governor Greg Abbott show he is in great shape among Republican primary voters as he faces two main challengers in next year’s primary for re-election.
Former State Senator Don Huffines of Dallas and outgoing Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West are running against Governor Abbott.
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In a poll of 446 Republican primary voters from June 14 to 17 by Public Opinion Strategies, 77% of primary voters said they would vote for governor, while 15% said they would choose another Republican candidate.
On June 1, Governor Abbott received strong endorsement from former President Donald Trump, with whom he appeared in the Rio Grande Valley last week to jointly criticize President Joe Biden and his border policies.
The governor’s campaign announced Thursday, July 8, that it had raised $ 18.7 million between June 21 and June 30 and had a record $ 55 million in cash.
The poll found in a hypothetical primary race, Abbott won 69 percent of the vote, while West received 13 percent and Huffines had 3 percent.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller also received 3 percent, but since the poll was conducted he has decided not to run for governor and will run for re-election instead.
Governor Abbott fares better among those who see themselves as “strong” Republicans, who make up 61% of primary voters.
He got 75% of the vote, while West won 11% and Huffins 3%.
Eight percent were undecided.
Abbott received a favorable rating of 97% and an unfavorable rating of 3% among GOP primary voters.
West received a favorable rating of 43 percent and an unfavorable rating of 6 percent.
Huffins has a favorable rating of 13% and an unfavorable rating of 5%.
The internal poll also shows that 87 percent of primary voters approve of the governor’s job, 60 percent strongly approving it, while 12 percent disapprove.
In the DFW television market, 89% of Republican primary voters approve and 11% disapprove of the governor’s job.
The governor has come under heavy criticism from some conservatives who have criticized the way he has reacted to Covid-19.
They said he didn’t reopen the Texas economy soon enough and they opposed his statewide mask mandate.
The internal poll found that 91% of primary voters approved of his handling of the pandemic, while 8% disapproved of him.
The governor received high marks among primary voters for jobs and the economy, 91-5%.
Its border security policies earned it 89% approval and 9% disapproval.
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Asked about the most important problem facing the state, the poll shows that 62% of Republican primary voters said illegal immigration and border security.
It’s way ahead of all other issues, with moral values at 8%, the economy at 6%, education and election integrity at 4% each and Covid-19 at 1%.
The ballot was conducted nine months before the primary elections which are scheduled for March.
The 446 Republican primary voters were included in a larger survey of 800 registered voters statewide.
Among all voters, the statewide governor’s approval rating is 51 percent, while 47 percent disapprove.
In the DFW TV market among all voters, 52% approve while 46% disapprove.
Democrats criticized the governor’s handling of Covid-19, saying he was not doing enough to promote the vaccine.
Many Democrats also said Abbott reopened the Texas economy too early and did not do enough to prevent the spread of the virus.
The internal poll found that 61% of all voters approve of the governor’s response to the pandemic, while 36% disapprove of it.
On jobs and the economy, 64 percent of all voters approve of the governor’s performance while 29 percent disapprove.
Regarding the governor’s border security policies, 53 percent of all voters said they approved, while 41 percent disapproved.
The governor on June 16 announced more details about his plan to have a state border wall built, including a $ 250 million down payment the state has made on the project.
No top Democrat has yet announced their gubernatorial candidacy, but polls have shown Democrats would like former El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke to run.
The governor’s internal poll asked all voters about a hypothetical general election clash.
Abbott received 52 percent, with 47 percent saying they would definitely vote for him.
O’Rourke received 42 percent, with 37 percent saying they would definitely vote for him.
When it comes to the governor’s image, 53 percent of all voters give him a favorable rating, while 44 percent give him an unfavorable rating.
O’Rourke’s image among all voters is favorable with 39% of all voters according to the poll and an unfavorable rating by 46% of those polled.
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When asked about the most important problem facing Texas, 33% of all voters in the state said immigration and border security were illegal, while 10% said the economy, 10% said the education, 9% declared moral values, 9% declared the integrity of the elections and 3% said Covid-19.