Elections 2020FederalTrump Leads Biden by 5 Points in Texas, Quinnipiac Poll Shows

Fresh data shows Trump leading Biden 50 to 45 percent. A June poll from the same researchers measured that gap at 1 point.
September 24, 2020
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A Quinnipiac poll released today shows 50 percent likely voter support for Donald Trump in Texas compared to 45 percent for Joe Biden.

Senator John Cornyn leads his Democratic challenger MJ Hegar by a wider margin of eight points, with half of likely voters saying they haven’t heard enough about Hegar to judge their favor.

“It is close but leaning toward Trump in Texas,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said of the presidential race. “There are still a slim number of likely voters who are undecided or on the fence about their choice, which could leave just enough wiggle room for either candidate to take Texas’ many electoral votes.”

Favorability ratings roughly overlapped with voter support ratings, with marginal changes in the numbers showing stronger unfavorability for Biden among Texans.

“Likely voters in Texas give President Trump a mixed favorability rating, with 49 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him and 47 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion,” the analysis reads. “Former Vice President Biden has a negative favorability rating among likely voters in Texas, 41 – 52 percent.”

In the Senate race, Cornyn leads Democratic challenger MJ Hegar 50 – 42 percent. While 84 percent of voters say they’ve solidly decided their vote already, favorability polls show that 50 percent of likely voters haven’t heard enough about Hegar to judge their opinion of her.

A June Quinnipiac poll put Trump only one point ahead of Biden in Texas. That gap jumped to seven points in August according to a Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation report.

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Isaiah Mitchell

Isaiah Mitchell

Isaiah Mitchell is a reporter for The Texan, a Texas native, and a huge Allman Brothers fan. He graduated cum laude from Trinity University in 2020 with a degree in English. Isaiah loves playing music and football with his family.