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Houston Public Media/UH Center for Public Policy – Super Tuesday Republican Primary Poll Is Released

Houston Matter chats with the co-directors of the poll: University of Houston political science professor Richard Murray, who directs the Survey Research Institute at UH, and Hobby Center for Public Policy research associate Bob Stein.

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Super Tuesday is just days away (March 1, 2016). Voters can cast their votes for presidential nominees, congressional races and many more.

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Houston Public Media and the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston have conducted their first statewide election poll, examining the GOP presidential race here in Texas ahead of Super Tuesday.

To unveil the findings, Houston Matters chatted with the co-directors of the poll: University of Houston political science professor Richard Murray, who directs the Survey Research Institute at UH, and Hobby Center for Public Policy research associate Bob Stein.

 

Here are some takeaways from the Houston Public Media/UH Center for Public Policy – Super Tuesday Republican Primary Poll:

Ted Cruz has a strong lead over Donald Trump heading into the Texas primary election.

The poll shows 35 percent of Republican primary voters in Texas support Cruz.

Twenty-percent favor Trump — and 19 percent remain undecided.

Marco Rubio is a distant third.

UH political science professor Richard Murray co-directed the poll.

He said Cruz needs to get 50 percent of the statewide vote to secure enough delegates to challenge Trump.

“Cruz has, in the two statewide races in the Republican primary he made in 2012, he ran better than he polled, reflecting the fact that he’s got a Tea Party base of activists,” Murray said. “So I think he’s got a real shot at getting the 50 percent that he needs to start really harvesting a lot of delegates, because based on our two previous Republican primaries in 2012, Cruz did awfully well on Election Day.”

The poll surveyed 415 Republican voters, who are likely to cast ballots in the primary election. Several questions centered on immigration.

Professor Bob Stein is a research associate at the Hobby Center and poll co-director. He says 57 percent think illegal immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.

“They know how important immigrants are to the economy,” Stein said. “It’s as simple as that. This Republican primary electorate is a very educated, very wealthy, and highly employed electorate and I think they recognize that there are documented and undocumented alien in our city, state and nation and they’re performing important economic work for our economy.”

But when asked about Muslim immigrants entering the country — 51 percent say they should be temporarily banned.

And voters say terrorism — jobs and the economy — and government spending are the issues most important to them.

View all the results here.

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