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Ted Cruz Gains Popularity Among Texas Voters

A poll of Texas voters shows who they support for President.

The poll by the national firm Public Policy Polling, shows Senator Ted Cruz has an approval rating of 47 percent among all Texas voters.

Mark Jones chairs the Department of Political Science at Rice University and says much of Cruz’s popularity comes from his rhetoric about D.C.-style politics.

“He wants to shake up D.C. and change the style of politics in Washington from one of ‘get along, go along’ to one that really pushes through and advocates for strong conservative principles.”

Despite Cruz’s popularity, Jones says he’s still a polarizing figure and only one in five Democrats approve of him.

Meanwhile, Governor Perry is losing support for a White House run. Most Texas voters, 66 percent, think Perry should not run again in 2016. Even among Republican primary voters, 52 percent think Perry should stay out of the race.

“Texas Republicans have been sending, and are sending right now, a message to Rick Perry that they greatly appreciate his service, they believe he’s been an excellent governor, but they don’t think he’s the right candidate for the Republican party in 2016.”

Ted Cruz has more support for a presidential bid than Perry or any other Republican candidate, including Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. But even so, only 32 percent of all Texas voters want him to run.

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