-Rick Perry left the door open last week for seeking another term as Governor of Texas, but voters in the state might shut it on him. Only 32% say they would vote for Perry again in 2014, while 62% say they'd prefer someone else. He could probably win nomination for another term, because 56% of Republicans say they would support him. The general election might be a different issue though, with 68% of independents saying it's time for someone new while only 24% still support Perry.
-Both of Texas' Senators are more popular than their state's Governor. Kay Bailey Hutchison (a +8 spread at 45/37) and John Cornyn (a +7 spread at 42/35) have nearly identical numbers. Cornyn is more popular with Republicans (62% approval to Hutchison's 58%), but Hutchison is more popular with Democrats (31% approval to Cornyn's 19%.)
-Texas voters have a very negative opinion of Jerry Jones, with only 14% rating him favorably to 48% who hold a negative opinion. I'm pretty sure that -34 spread represents the worst poll numbers we've ever found for someone in Texas. Voters are more charitable toward the state's other celebrity sports owner, Mark Cuban, who has a 29% favorability rating with 28% expressing a negative opinion toward him. Asked which of the two they like more Texans pick Cuban by a 34-22 margin.
-66% of Texas voters have an opinion about Tim Tebow. Only 36% have one about Robert Griffin III, despite his having won the Heisman for an in state school this season. That says a lot about the relative popularity/exposure of professional vs. college sports. Both Quarterbacks are seen positively by those who do know them. Tebow's favorability is 55/11 and Griffin's is 32/4.
-The standings for Texas' favorite college are pretty much unchanged from when we last polled it in September. The Longhorns lead the way at 23% to 14% for Texas A&M, 10% for Baylor, 8% for Houston, 7% for Texas Tech, 6% for TCU, 3% for Southern Methodist, and 2% for UTEP. Democrats overwhelmingly prefer Texas over Texas A&M 23-8, while Republicans split evenly at 21%.
-Texas matches most of the rest of the country when it comes to increased rights for same sex couples: voters there are against gay marriage, but support some form of equality in the form of either marriage or civil unions. Only 29% say they think gay marriage should be legal, while 57% believe it should be illegal. But 59% support either gay marriage or civil unions with only 38% completely opposed to any legal recognition.
Full results here