Thoughts on the Texas Tribune Poll

The Texas Tribune launched this week and one of their first big moments in the spotlight of Texas politics came from the results of their poll that showed that Rick Perry lead Kay Bailey Hutchison by 12 points. That was a pretty interesting result that has left people with plenty to argue about.

There was another result that CQ Politics’ Poll Tracker pointed out after the second set of results were released. I went back to the original release from the poll and pulled together this summary chart of job approval (combining those who “approve” and “strongly approve”):

Job Approval in November 209

It seems pretty clear that while Perry should feel pretty good about his lead in the Republican primary, no one is very popular in Texas. For example, Perry’s job approval (36%) is lower by his disapproval (44%). While Perry trumpeted that the elections in Virginia and New Jersey as validation of his view of Washington (while overlooking the congressional race in New York), back home Texans were thinking that they liked their President a little more than their Governor.

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