A new poll shows border security and the economy are top issues for Texas voters

TYLER, Texas (Nexstar) — Some of the issues on Texas voters’ minds this election are some of the key campaign issues Republicans are running on.

According to a new University of Texas at Tyler Paulwhich polled just under 1,000 registered voters, these are the most important questions to them ahead of the 2022 midterm elections:

  1. Securing the border
  2. Economy/inflation
  3. Reproductive rights
  4. education
  5. Restricting abortions
  6. Reducing crime
  7. Electric grid
  8. Climate change
  9. Gun rights
  10. Immigration

That poll shows incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) still ahead of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. Among likely voters, 50% said they would vote for Abbott, while 44% said they would choose O’Rourke.

A majority of voters believe Abbott will do a better job of securing the border than O’Rourke, something Abbott has made a key issue of his 2022 campaign. O’Rourke has focused more on sensible gun legislation and abortion rights.

The race for lieutenant governor is less close than the race for governor. Forty-four percent are likely to vote for Republican incumbent Dan Patrick over Democratic challenger Mike Collier. Thirty-three percent said they would vote for Collier.

The attorney general race has a narrower lead than any other major race, according to the survey. Incumbent Ken Paxton (R) leads by just four points over Democratic challenger Rochelle Garza, according to the UT Tyler poll.

This story will be updated by reporter Jala Washington.

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