AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that former Vice President Joe Biden holds a narrow lead over President Trump in Texas, while Sen. John Cornyn maintains a 9-point lead over Democrat MJ Hegar in the Texas Senate race.
The poll reports responses from 880 self-identified registered voters and was conducted from July 16-20.
According to the poll, 47% of voters approve of Gov. Greg Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic while 48% disapprove. Abbott’s overall job approval rating is only slightly higher at 48% approving and 44% disapproving.
The coronavirus pandemic is “out of control” according to 65% of voters, though 53% believe Abbott should not issue another stay-at-home order.
Voters overwhelming support Abbott’s mask mandate with 80% approving and 19% disapproving of the order.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a narrow 1 point lead over President Trump in Texas, according to the poll, with 45% supporting Biden and 44% supporting Trump. In June, Trump led Biden by 1 point. Independents support Biden over Trump 51-32 percent.
The poll released Thursday is the first since MJ Hegar defeated Royce West in the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate. Incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn leads Hegar 47-38 percent, according to the poll.
Despite serving in the U.S. Senate since 2002, 34% of voters still haven’t heard him. By contrast, 56% of voters haven’t heard of Hegar, who previously ran a failed campaign for Congress.
A majority of Texas voters disapprove of removing Confederate statues from public places in the U.S. 52-39 percent.