Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, 48%-43%, among Texas “likely voters,” according to a new Dallas Morning News/UT-Tyler poll (pdf). It is his largest lead for any Texas poll we’ve seen this cycle, and it is the first lead for either candidate outside of a poll’s margin of error since November. Biden’s lead is just barely outside the margin of error. A May DMN/UT-Tyler poll found the race tied, 43%-43%.
Independents favor Biden, 44%-25%, with another 20% undecided. Splits for other demographic groups were not provided.
Asked about how several levels of government were “handling the coronavirus outbreak,” 62% of respondents approved local leaders’ (mayor and county judge) responses, compared to 48% for Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and 38% for Trump. Interestingly, a greater share of Republicans (70%) approve of their local leaders’ responses than either Democrats (61%) or independents (51%), and a greater share of Republicans (73%) supported “allowing Texas cities and counties to set their own requirements for wearing masks in public” than Democrats (63%) or independents (63%).
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