PPP's newest Texas poll makes it pretty clear that when it comes to politicians Ted Cruz is the top dog in the state. Cruz has a better net approval rating than both Rick Perry and John Cornyn at +12, with 47% of voters approving of him to 35% who disapprove. Cruz also continues to lead the Republican primary field for President in the state with 25% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry, 5% for Chris Christie and Paul Ryan, and 4% for Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio.
Perry's approval numbers may be on the rise, but there's still little appetite for a repeat White House bid from him among voters in the state. Only 23% think he should run in 2016, compared to 66% who think he should sit it out. Even among GOP primary voters only 34% think he should make another bid with 52% dissenting. Republicans do, by a 46/38 spread, want Ted Cruz to seek the Presidency in 2016 but among all voters only 32% think he should make a bid to 54% who say no. We tend to find in most states that voters aren't keen on their home state politicians running for President.
All of the potential Republican candidates for President lead Hillary Clinton in Texas, although the margins are all much closer than what Mitt Romney won by in 2012. Rand Paul does the best with a 10 point advantage at 50/40, followed by Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush with an 8 point lead at 50/42, Ted Cruz up 7 points at 50/43, Rick Perry with a 5 point edge at 49/44, and Chris Christie with just a 2 point advantage at 44/42.
There's no questioning that Texas is a conservative state but on a trio of hot button issues going on right now public opinion there sides with the Democrats. By a 55/37 spread, voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour. By a 49/35 spread they support expanding Medicaid. And by a 50/30 spread, they support the Paycheck Fairness Act- reflecting a sentiment 93% of Texas voters say they agree with that 'women and men should earn equal pay for equal work.'
Finally with the start of baseball season we threw in some questions about that topic. The Rangers remain the MLB team of choice in the state at 35% to 22% for the Astros. The Braves have 5% fan support, and no one else registers above 3%.
Rangers fans are pretty optimistic about the upcoming season with 74% predicting a trip to the playoffs and 36% a World Series bid. Those numbers aren't terribly surprising given the franchise's recent success so perhaps a little more eye catching is that even 50% of Astros fans think the team will make the playoffs this year, compared to only 42% who think they'll be watching at home in October. 22% think the team will make the World Series, and 14% even think they'll win it. In this case hope really does spring eternal, despite a recent string of 100 loss seasons.
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