Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis exploded on the national political scene when she staged a filibuster in favor of abortion. Since then, she has become something of an icon to the left regarding the contentious issue.

However, many will surely be surprised to see the results of a new Public Policy Polling survey that indicates Davis has a lower favorability rating than her male opponent in the Texas governor’s race, Greg Abbott.

According to the poll, 35 percent of women surveyed gave Abbott a favorable rating, while 27 percent dished out an unfavorable rating.

In comparison, 46 percent of women gave Davis an unfavorable rating and 32 percent said favorable.

Public Policy Polling

Public Policy Polling

Overall, the poll finds Abbott leading Davis in the Texas race 51 percent to 37 percent.

“It looks like it’s going to be an uphill battle for Democrats in Texas this year,” PPP President Dean Debnam said. “Barack Obama’s approval rating in the state is 36 percent and that makes life hard for his party’s candidates.”

The new poll could also leave some Democratic strategists in Texas wondering just how effective a strategy it is to use abortion as a main pillar of a campaign.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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