A new poll showed that many voters in Texas, especially Hispanics, are concerned with what's happening at the border. They also support the state's effort to bus migrants to other cities in the U.S.

The Quinnipiac University poll also suggested that in the Texas gubernatorial race, incumbent Grand Old Party (GOP) Governor Greg Abbott maintained his lead over his challenger, Beto O'Rourke, from the Democratic Party, reported Fox News.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 22 to Sept. 26. But it was released on Wednesday, according to MYSA.

The poll surveyed 1,327 likely Texas voters. It revealed that if the elections were held today then 53% of respondents would vote for Abbott. About 46% would vote for O'Rourke. About 50% of those surveyed said that they hold a favorable view of Abbott in comparison to 44% who said the same for O'Rourke. As many as 51% of respondents said that they approve of Abbott's handling of his duties as the Governor.

The number one issue for voters in Texas is the southern border with Mexico. A total of 38% marked it as the "most urgent issue facing Texas today." It was followed by abortion and inflation at 17% and 11%, respectively.

As for Hispanics, 36% said that the Texas-Mexico border is the most "urgent" issue in the state. It was followed by abortion, gun rights and then inflation. Nearly half of the Hispanic respondents also expressed support for efforts in the state to transport illegal migrants to other parts of the U.S. About 48% stated that they approved of the program. But 51% stated that they disapprove it. But across all voters, 66% of those who were questioned about it said that they support the program.

About 54% of voters surveyed said that they believe Abbott would do a better job handling the crisis at the southern border.

The poll results come after Abbott and other leaders in Texas made efforts this year to send many buses full of illegal migrants from Texas to other parts of the country. It was to highlight President Joe Biden's handling of the crisis along the southern border. The initiative sparked backlash among city leaders who have dealt with the incoming migrants. The list includes New York City Mayor Eric Adams as well as Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Temporary tents being constructed to house migrants
Robert Flores Jr., a 38-year-old Texas man was arrested Tuesday morning on a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 35 in Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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