More than four out of five Republicans believe Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “deserves to be re-elected,” and 85% of Republicans approve his job performance, according to a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll. The findings indicate former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) and potential challenger Allen West have two very high hills to climb: favorability and fundraising (Abbott entered the year with more than $40M on hand.).

Overall, Texas registered voters were almost evenly split on Abbott’s job performance, giving him a 48/46 rating. That overall balance belies a large gender gap. Abbott’s approval rating among men is 58/35 (+23) but he is underwater among women, 39/56 (-17). A smaller but still pronounced gender gap exists among Anglo men (67/27) and women (56/40). Abbott’s approval rating is net positive among voters in all age groups except registered voters under 35 (35/58).

That said, Abbott remains one of the most popular elected and unelected officials in the state.

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