Poll: Women Prefer GOP Guv. Candidate Over Wendy Davis

Women prefer Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

Abbott and Davis are the respective Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates. The poll found that 49 percent of women said they preferred Abbott over Davis while 41 percent said they preferred Davis to Abbott. Meanwhile 53 percent of men said they prefer Abbott while 32 percent said they prefer Davis.

Over all, the poll found Abbott leading Davis, 51 percent to 37 percent, virtually unchanged from PPP’s findings in November which had Abbot leading Davis, 50 percent to 35 percent.

What’s worse for Davis though is that her unfavorable rating has increased since the 2013 filibuster that catapulted her to national prominence. Right after that filibuster, PPP found Davis’s favorability rating at 39 percent and her unfavorable rating at 29 percent. The latest PPP poll found Davis’s favorability rate at 33 percent and her unfavorable rate at 47 percent.

Abbott’s favorability, meanwhile, is better. 40 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of the attorney general while 27 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of him, the poll found.

The poll was conducted April 10 to 13 among 559 registered voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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