A new poll released by Public Policy Polling on Monday showed that likely voters in deep-red Texas are evenly split between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Texas has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in every election since 1980. But shifting demographics, waning allegiance to the GOP, and Trump’s failure to prevent the catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 have made the Lone Star State and its 35 Electoral College votes a potential grand prize for Democrats in 2020, and the party has been making substantial investments in realizing that dream.
The latest PPP poll hints that Texas could finally be ready to go blue.
The survey – commissioned by the Texas Democratic Party – showed Trump and Biden tied with 48 percent support, with four percent still undecided.
Half of all respondents said they voted for Trump in 2016; 41 percent chose Democrat Hillary Clinton, indicating that Biden is gaining ground and that Trump is losing support among his own base in a state he won by more than nine points in 2016.
Self-identified Republicans made up the largest bloc – 40 percent, with 36 perfect identifying as Democrats and 24 percent as Independents. This too could be a sign that Texas Republicans as a whole are tiring of Trump.
Additionally, the PPP poll showed Trump’s approval rating to be underwater with people who intend to cast a ballot in November. According to the survey, 48 percent of Texas voters disapprove of Trump’s job performance; 47 percent said they approved.
“Texans are looking for leaders who will fight for their fair shot to get ahead,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “Once again, it’s becoming clear that voters understand Texas Democrats are fighting to end the coronavirus crisis, keep our families safe, increase access to healthcare, provide responsible leadership in this time of crisis, hold police accountable, and create an economic plan that looks out for working Texans.”
The survey polled 612 likely voters and had a margin of error of 3.6 percent.
— John Engel (@EngelsAngle) September 28, 2020
Trump and Biden will participate in their first debate tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, at 9 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.
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