Poll Shows Immigration, Abortion Pushing Abbott Further Ahead Of O’Rourke

A number of hot-button issues are influencing races in every corner of the nation ahead of November’s midterm elections. While left-leaning voters appear to be motivated by the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion rights and defense of open borders, one recent survey indicated that such policies are turning voters off in the Lone Star State.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is running for re-election against Democratic former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has tried and failed to advance his political career with Senate and White House bids, respectively.

It appears O’Rourke is on pace for a hat trick of electoral defeats, with a recent Emerson College/The Hill poll showing that Abbott continues to pull ahead of his rival.

While Democrats have expressed hope that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to repeal federal abortion rights protections would motivate voters in their party, the opposite appears to be true in Texas.

Pollsters found that 49% of respondents align more closely with Abbott on the topic of abortion, compared to 44% who say O’Rourke’s position is more similar to their own.

On the topic of border security, the chasm is even wider, with 58% of likely voters endorsing Abbott’s stricter immigration policies and just 39% favoring the Democrat’s more permissive stance.

Abbott has faced widespread backlash from the left over his effort to relocate undocumented immigrants from his state to jurisdictions controlled by Democrats. A spokesperson for the governor recently pushed back against Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adam’s assertion that Texas officials are treating migrants inhumanely and leaving New York officials out of the loop.

“Mayor Adams and his staff have at no point made any effort to reach out to Governor Abbott or his office,” Renae Eze explained. “Instead of spreading false claims of contacting our office and complaining about a few thousand migrants being bused to his sanctuary city, Mayor Adams should contact the person who created this border crisis to step up and do his job—President Biden.”

The statement went on to make it clear that “Abbott’s invitation is still open for Mayor Adams to visit the border” and witness the border crisis exacerbated by the policies of the Biden administration.

The strategy appears to be paying off politically. Overall, pollsters found that Abbott is leading O’Rourke by eight percentage points.

Emerson College Polling Executive Director Spencer Kimball noted that 63% of voters in the state believe Abbott will win another term in the governor’s mansion.