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Lyceum Poll: Cruz, O'Rourke tied

April 19, 2017 - 8:17 am

(Austin/KJCE) More details from the 2017 Texas Lyceum poll released today focus on the 2018 statewide elections, including announced challengers for Senator Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

One caveat - the election is still some 18 months away, with most respondents saying they hadn't put much thought into the 2018 election cycle yet.

In the Senate race, pollsters floated trial ballots pitting Cruz against each of his likely Democrat opponents - Congressman Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, and Joaquin Castro of San Antonio. Against O'Rourke, Cruz is tied at 30 percent; meanwhile, Castro holds a slight lead against Cruz - 35 percent to 31 percent. However, in both scenarios, a third of poll respondents - Texas registered voters - say they hadn't thought enough about the 2018 elections yet.

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In the Lieutenant Governor's race, Dan Patrick slightly trails his Democrat challenger Mike Collier, 27 percent to 25 percent. 46 percent of respondents said they hadn't thought about the 2018 race.

The poll also took Texans' temperature on the state of the economy, Texas, and national issues. 53 percent of respondents approve of the job Greg Abbott is doing as Texas Governor, while 54 percent disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President.

Compared to the 2016 poll, fewer Texans think the country is on the wrong track - a drop from 63 percent to 52 percent. Respondents picked immigration as the biggest problem facing the country (13 percent), followed by the economy (11 percent), political corruption (10 percent), healthcare (10 percent), and terrorism (7 percent). The biggest issue facing Texas, according to respondents, is immigration (21 percent), followed by education (13 percent), border security (6 percent), and the economy (5 percent).

The poll, in its 11th year, was conducted April 3-April 9 and queried 1,000 adult Texans. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent, and respondents were contacted by landline as well as by cell phone. More information on the poll's results is available at the Texas Lyceum website.

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