Elections 2020FederalNew Poll Shows Texas Democrats Think Beto Should Abandon Presidential Bid, Run for Senate

A new poll by Quinnipiac shows Texas Democrats overwhelmingly want Beto to run for Senate rather than President in 2020.
June 5, 2019
A new poll released by Quinnipiac on Wednesday surveyed Texas voter’s thoughts on the 2020 election.

Notably, the poll shows President Trump behind former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas 48 to 44 percent. Biden is the only Democrat the poll shows Trump trailing.

Other matchups show Trump leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) by one point; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by three; former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke by three; South Bend, IN mayor Pete Buttigieg by two; Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) by four; and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro by three points.

A Trump-Biden matchup saw Biden winning female voters 54 to 39 percent, and Trump winning male voters 50 to 42 percent.

As for the Texas Senate race, the poll found 44 percent of Texas voters are happy with the job Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has done thus far — with 25 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Independents also approving.

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Just under two-thirds of Republicans approve of Cornyn.

By comparison, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has an overall of 50 percent job-approval rating compared to 42 percent disapproving.

An overwhelming percent of Texas Democrats want to see O’Rourke challenge Cornyn for Senate than want him to stay in the presidential race with 60 percent in support of another O’Rourke Senate race to 27 percent in favor of his continued presidential bid.

The poll also asked Texas voters about impeachment of the President. Sixty percent of voters did not want to see impeachment proceedings brought forward, including 89 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Independents, and 28 percent of Democrats.

Two-thirds of Democrats want to see impeachment proceedings begin.

The telephone poll was conducted from May 29 to June 4 by Quinnipiac University and surveyed 1,159 registered Texas voters — with a margin of error of ±3.4 percent.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.