Texas Gov. Rick Perry would win a gubernatorial primary today over Attorney General Greg Abbott — and Ted Cruz, in his first two months as a U.S. senator, remains very popular among the state’s voters, according to a recent survey.
The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
of 1,200 voters conducted Feb. 14 to 24 found that Perry would garner 27 percent to Abbott’s 14 percent, with another 28 percent saying they have no opinion on the race, The Texas Tribune reports.
Among those identifying themselves as Republicans, Perry received 49 percent to Abbott’s 17 percent, with 31 percent saying they have no opinion.
The results come despite neither man having publicly declared their political intentions, The Tribune reports.
Perry has been governor for 12 years. Both he and Abbott said they would make announcements in June or thereafter.
“There’s a little bit of good news for everybody here,” Daron Shaw, co-director of the UT/TT Poll, told The Tribune. “For an incumbent who has been in office for a long time and who is coming off a really problematic run for president, these numbers are pretty good.”
“Abbott has a lot of room to grow,” added Shaw, who also is a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. “If you look at the people who don’t want to vote for Perry or who want to wait and see, Abbott’s numbers are very high with those people.
“You can rule out the idea that Perry is just dead,” Shaw told The Tribune. “You can’t reach that conclusion. But you also can’t say he’s just unbeatable, relative to Abbott.”
Meanwhile, Cruz is more familiar in Texas than David Dewhurst — whom he defeated in last year’s GOP primary for the Senate job — and John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator, the survey found.
Cruz is viewed favorably by 39 percent of those who responded, versus 28 percent unfavorably — with only 17 percent having no opinion of him.
“Exactly what you would expect for someone who has been high profile and taken strong positions,” Shaw told The Tribune. “Liberal Democrats have seen him and don’t like him. Conservative Republicans have seen him and like him. This is a decent indication of the spread of partisanship in Texas.
“He’s playing pretty well with the voters he cares about — the conservatives in Texas,” Shaw said.
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