Four out of five Republicans believe Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “deserves to be re-elected,” but he is underwater among all registered voters, according to a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll.

A slight majority of registered voters do not believe Abbott deserves re-election, including 54% of independents, 56% of Hispanic/Latino registered voters and 57% of women. However, those same groups are not terribly enthusiastic about a potential challenge from former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso). Half of registered voters do not believe O’Rourke “would make a good governor,” as do 55% of independents and a plurality of Hispanic/Latino respondents (43%). Women are fairly evenly divided, with 41% believing O’Rourke would make a good governor and 39% disagreeing. Actor Matthey McConaughey, whose politics and positions on issues are unknown, generates a similar response.

Therein lies the reason why Abbott is not in any real danger of losing his re-election bid even though a majority of registered voters think he does not deserve re-election. That question is asked in a vacuum. A majority of voters still prefer him to the actual options presented to them.

More than three quarters of Republicans “believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, as do 42% of independents. No credible evidence of widespread fraud has been presented.

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