A recent poll reveals that incumbent Texas Governor Greg Abbott is presently enjoying a large lead in his current re-election bid.
The survey was conducted in the wake of a tragic mass shooting, wherein a gunman murdered two teachers and nineteen children on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.
The key challenger in the Democrat Party, Beto O’Rourke, trails Abbott by nearly 19 percentage points amongst voters who are likely to vote in Texas.
As noted by BluePrint Poll, approximately 48.5 percent of respondents indicated that they are strongly in favor of Abbott’s leadership, while an additional 7 percent were leaning strongly in favor of the Republican governor.
In contrast, O’Rourke’s supporters were divided, with only 32.9 percent indicating that they would definitely vote for the previous congressman; an additional 4.3 percent noted that they were leaning in favor of his campaign.
As a result, Abbott presently leads by 55.5 percent, as opposed to O’Rourke’s 37.2 percent.
The poll was conducted between June 8-10, sourcing responses from 603 likely voters.
The voters also indicated widespread support for additional restrictions placed on gun purchases.
Specifically, 61.1 percent of respondents indicated that laws should become more restrictive with regards to guns, while only 7.2 percent advocated fewer restrictions on gun purchases.
Surprisingly, support for a higher number of gun restrictions emerges amongst individuals who identify strongly as pro-Second Amendment advocates, including the following: 39 percent of pro-Abbott supporters, 37 percent of self-declared Republicans, and 31 percent of pro-Trump 2024 voters.
In contrast, 73 percent of independent voters and 87 percent of Democrats advocate harder line laws regarding gun purchases.
Well over 80 percent of respondents also indicated support for background checks for all gun purchases, with only 12.3 percent in opposition. Only 6.8 percent indicated uncertainty about background checks.
Support was also high for increasing the minimum age for purchasing a gun, with well over 76 percent in favor of the notion and just under 18 percent in opposition; 5.2 percent of respondents indicated ongoing uncertainty.
The poll reveals that O’Rourke’s criticism of Abbott has failed to translate into diminishing the incumbent governor’s longstanding popularity.