Texas Republicans overwhelmingly favor Sen. Ted Cruz as Presidential candidate in the 2016 election, while at the same time 50 percent of Texans say he has been bad for the state’s reputation.
The left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed on Thursday the conflicting view Texans have on the freshman Senator. Cruz is currently the first choice for presidential candidate in 2016 election among most Texas Republicans, leading with an overwhelming 32 percent.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush follows Cruz with only 13 percent, Chris Christie the newly re-elected governor of New Jersey ranks third with 10 percent, Kentucky Congressman Rand Paul with 6 percent, and Texas Governor Rick Perry is at the very bottom with 3 percent.
On the other hand, 50 percent of Texans believe that Cruz has made their state reputation worse, while 37 percent said he has made it better. Among independents, Cruz has fared slightly worse with 58 percent saying he has been bad, and 36 percent saying he has been good for Texas image. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are far worse for Cruz when it comes to Texan Democrats, where 75 percent thinks he has brought embarrassment to the state.
Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling, said the numbers show a disconnect between how Republicans feel about Cruz, compared to everyone else.
“Although Texas Republicans certainly love Cruz and that’s why he leads the GOP field, both independents and Democrats strongly feel that he has brought the state embarrassment,” Jensen said, adding that these numbers represent what PPP has been seeing across the country in their polling.
“Cruz is a beloved figure among Republicans but reviled by pretty much everyone else,” Jensen said.
Similar results can be found in the YouGov/Huffington Post survey that was released October 18th. According to this survey, 18 percent of Americans answered that they had “very favorable” views towards Cruz, only 3 percent of those people had Democratic party affiliations, while 40 percent were Republicans. At the same time, there were 34 percent who had very unfavorable feelings on Cruz, 53 percent were Democrats, and 9 percent Republicans.
The statistics showed that American men were generally more favorable towards Cruz, compared to women. Older people were also more likely to respond positively to Cruz than younger people.
By Nora Lindtner -