If we needed proof that the migration of liberals into conservative states is starting to have an impact, look no further than a recent approval poll in the state of Texas.
Like Governor DeSantis, Governor Greg Abbott has taken a bit of a different approach to the pandemic.
Abbott has supported vaccines, but he believes taking them is a personal choice, not mandated.
The state has thrived through COVID, yet Abbott is now underwater in his approval rating.
Break It Down
Since the pandemic started, Texas and Florida are probably the two states in the country that have seen the biggest influx of residents.
In Texas, this has meant a flood of transients from states like California and Nevada, both states with Democrat governors and very restrictive policies.
People, including large amounts of liberals, left these states because of the mandates in place, yet this is now the very reason Abbott is underwater.
A whopping 54 percent of those polled believe Texas is heading in the wrong direction, compared to 44 percent who like how the state is going right now.
Abbott’s approval rating is a paltry 45 percent, even though Trump has backed him in the upcoming election.
When it comes to the banning of mask mandates, 55 percent disagreed with Abbott, and the state’s position on vaccine mandates was an even 49 to 49 percent.
Here is the really telling number… 56 percent of those surveyed wanted schools to teach critical race theory.
I can guarantee you not a single conservative supported that measure.
Most conservatives I know in the state have no issue at all with the vaccine or masks, but they do believe it should be a personal choice and not mandated by the government, especially when it comes to kids in schools.
Who is supporting these measures? Liberals, the very same liberals that just fled Nevada, California, and a host of other liberal states where these policies were in place.
I have to ask… why did you flee a state only to try to turn the state you fled to into the next California or Nevada?
Should Texans be concerned about this poll? Yes and no.
As I have said many times, 1,000 people can never correctly represent millions, but this is the beginning of a disturbing trend.
Of the 1,148 people surveyed, 46 percent at least “lean” Republican (24% strong, 11% not strong, 11% Independent, lean Republican).
There were 39 percent that at least “lean” to the left and 15 percent independent.
The Texas Politics Project offers even worse news for Abbott, putting him completely underwater for the first time as governor in April by two points, but that has now grown to nine points.
Compare that to April 2020, when Abbott was 56 to 32 percent in his favor.
When you look at the big move to the red for Abbott, it started when his fellow conservatives began to call him a RINO and he came under attack by other Republicans.
He went from being one of the most popular conservative governors in the country to one of the most hated, and he now faces numerous challengers during his upcoming primary race.
There is as much damage being done to Abbott by the right as there is the left currently.
If Abbott gets out of the primary, which I believe he will, will he still have the support of those voting for Allen West and Chad Prather, or will they simply stay home and not vote because of the narrative of the attacks against Abbott.
Essentially, Abbott’s fellow conservatives are doing the dirty work of Democrats for them.
If this continues, it could very well energize just enough Democrats to take the state of Texas and hand it over to a Democrat governor, which would be a complete and utter disaster.
Sources: Washington Examiner & The Texas Politics Project