When a hugely destructive winter storm hit Texas, it resulted in billions of dollars in damage and millions of residents without power for days. It was definitely an all-hands-on-deck scenario.
But when pictures slipped out of Rep. Ted Cruz heading off to Cancun during the mess, the backlash started pouring in. Many condemned the Texas representative for basically running away.
So, how would this affect his approval rating?
We have that answer now, as new internal polling has just been revealed. The results might surprise some, even Cruz himself.
Prior to the storm and Cruz’s exodus to Cancun, back in September 2020, Cruz held an 80 percent favorable rating and only 10 percent found him unfavorable among Republicans.
And while he still remains plenty popular, there is a downside to the latest news.
Via The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtained polling results which show that with Republican voters in Texas contacted in September 2020, Cruz was 80% favorable compared to 10% of Republicans who found him unfavorable.
When polled on February 21, 2020, Cruz was still favored at 80%, however, his unfavourability rose 6 points to 16%.
That’s a pretty big jump in the unfavorability department.
On top of that, Cruz held a 46 percent approval rating from all Texas voters in September of last year, and only 39 percent said he was unfavorable.
The latest poll, conducted after his trip, showed favorability holding strong at 47 percent — but his unfavorability jumped 8 points.
It’s also important to note that according to WPA Intelligence data (the company that did the polling), 92 percent of voters said they knew about Cruz’s trip to Cancun.
Therefore, most participants in the poll were well aware of that situation, and the results certainly reflect that knowledge.
However, a Cruz spokesperson condemned other polls for showing a steep drop in Cruz’s approval rating:
This poll shows the solid support Texans have for Cruz.
Other poorly done polls show the fruits of cheap polling — absolute nonsense. Cruz is strong in Texas.
In a separate Morning Consult poll, conducted between February 18-28, 71 percent of Texas Republicans said they approved of Cruz. That’s down only 4 points from before his trip.
Cruz still takes heat from voters on social media, though. And people aren’t likely to forget his little jaunt any time soon.
For his part, Cruz takes the natural disaster in his home state quite seriously:
This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power. We have food lines, gas lines, and people sleeping at the neighbors’ houses.
Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too. With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends.
He also added that even during his trip to Mexico, he was “in constant communication with state and local leaders.”
And for the time being, it doesn’t look like he was hurt too badly by his decision. Though he’ll definitely want to bring down that unfavorability rating in the coming months.
- Rep. Ted Cruz’s latest poll results came in, and they show a change due to his trip to Cancun, Mexico.
- While his favorability rating remains about the same, his unfavorability jumped in two separate polls.
- A Cruz spokesperson maintains that the representative still has “solid support” in Texas.
Source: The Daily Caller