While many Democrats long ago pledged their support to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, the field of potential candidates on the Republican side remains far more open. One of the names commonly mentioned as a possible contender is Tea Party icon Ted Cruz.
The Texas senator was the subject of a recent poll conducted by The Economist and YouGov, which called the study a “reputation audit” of the popular conservative.
While Republicans – especially those aligned with the Tea Party – generally view Cruz favorably, the poll found that Paul Ryan and Rand Paul enjoy slightly more popularity among the GOP in general as well as its more conservative branch.
What has been Cruz’s greatest appeal among many of his supporters, though, is his perceived conservatism. The recent poll found that he is viewed as a conservative by 57 percent of Republicans, while just six percent see him as a liberal. The result put him behind just one other potential candidate included in the report.
According to respondents, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is clearly seen as the most conservative Republican among those listed in the poll. A full 63 percent see the 2008 GOP presidential candidate as conservative. A mere three percent described him as liberal.
When it comes to whether Ted Cruz should seek the presidency in the upcoming election, 36 percent of the GOP as a whole say ‘yes’ compared to 42 percent of Tea Party Republicans. Though Republicans consider him qualified to be president by a 40-14 margin, the consensus among Americans in general seems to be significantly less supportive.
The poll found just 21 percent of all respondents think he is qualified for the position, while nearly twice as many – 37 percent – feel he is not. Of course, Barack Obama was viewed by a large percentage of Americans as unqualified for the position during his 2008 campaign – and beyond.
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