Poll: Gun control not helping O'Rourke in Texas governor's race

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has led in every head-to-head poll pitting him against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke this election cycle, and the streak continues with the release of a new survey of 1,200 registered voters in the Lone Star State.

The new poll from the Texas Politics Project shows Abbott leading O’Rourke 45-40, and the Democrat’s push for new gun control laws in the wake of the shootings at Robb Elementary in Uvalde doesn’t appear to be swaying many voters to his side.

According to the survey, “gun violence” is a top issue for 11% of survey respondents, far behind immigration and border security, which was the top concern of about 1-in-4 voters. Respondents were split when it comes to who they trust more on “gun violence”, with both Abbott and O’Rourke drawing support from 42% of those surveyed. 

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