Nearly a third of Texas voters have no opinion of the job performance of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R), who has been elected statewide five times, as he heads into a re-election campaign. A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll found Cornyn’s net approval rating is +17 (43/26). Cornyn has a better net rating than the better-known U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (51/40) but trails Gov. Greg Abbott’s (58/28) popularity.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

The poll found a significant gender gap with respect to Cornyn’s job approval. Among men, Cornyn’s net approval rating was +24 (49/25) but just +10 (37/27) among women. A greater proportion of women (36%) than men (26%) said they did not have on opinion of his job performance. Only 10% of Republicans disapproved of Cornyn’s job performance, which would make a primary challenge that much more uphill.

Texans are fairly evenly divided on their opinion of President Trump, with 47% approving his job performance and 50% disapproving. As with Cornyn, a gender gap exists, with Trump receiving a +6 net approval rating among men (51/45) and a -12 among women (42/54). Trump’s net approval rating among young voters is -28 (33/61).

The poll found Texas voters evenly split, 48/48, on whether a wall should be built on the Southern border.

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