PPP's newest Texas poll finds that, at least for now, Hillary Clinton could win the state in 2016. This follows on the heels of a survey last month where we found she would have a decent chance of winning Kentucky if she makes another White House bid.
50% of Texas voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton to 43% with a negative one. She's universally well liked by Democrats (91/5) and a majority of independents view her positively as well (52/41). She holds narrow leads in hypothetical match ups with Marco Rubio (46/45) and Chris Christie (45/43) and a wider one in a contest against Rick Perry (50/42).
Speaking of Perry, Republicans in Texas have no interest in seeing him run for President again in 2016. Only 19% think he should make a bid to 70% who think he should not, and he ties for 7th in a 9 candidate field that we tested. Leading the way is Marco Rubio at 21%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 14%, Rand Paul at 13%, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan at 11%, Chris Christie at 9%, Perry and Bobby Jindal at 4%, and Susana Martinez at 2%.
Other notes from Texas:
-Texas mirrors many southern states in that it remains opposed to gay marriage, but does support same sex couples having legal rights in the form of civil unions. Only 35% of voters in the state support gay marriage to 55% opposed. But 61% support either gay marriage or civil unions, with just 36% against any sort of legal recognition for same sex couples.
-Our first look at newly elected Senator Ted Cruz's approval rating finds 36% of voters giving him good marks to 30% who disapprove. Not surprisingly 34% have no opinion about Cruz one way or the other after only one month of service. Cruz already has the highest net approval rating of major politicians in the state, besting Perry, John Cornyn, and Barack Obama.
-Republicans in some states have been embracing a scheme to allocate electoral voters by Congressional District instead of giving them to the statewide winner, but in red Texas they don't think that's such a good idea. Only 23% of GOP voters (and 28% of Democrats) support making the change there.
-Jerry Jones is an incredibly unpopular figure in Texas. Only 13% of voters in the state see him favorably to 50% with a negative opinion. Among Cowboys fans 52% think the franchise would be better off with a different owner to just 14% who think they'd worse off and 29% who think they'd be about the same.
-Jones isn't the most unpopular athletic figure in Texas though. That 'honor' would go to Lance Armstrong who in spite of his native son status in the state is seen positively by only 16% of voters compared to 59% with a negative opinion, numbers that aren't a whole lot better than what we found for him on recent Minnesota and Maine polls.
Full results here