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Monday, October 24, 2016

According to a new Public Policy Polling poll, an overwhelming majority of Texas voters are sick of Governor Rick Perry.

The poll finds that Perry is now one of the most unpopular governors in the country; 41 percent of voters approve of him, compared to 54 percent who disapprove. Among independents, the numbers are even more dismal: 65 percent disapprove of Perry, while just 29 percent approve.

Voters of all political stripes agree that they’d prefer not to see Perry seek re-election next year — 31 percent say he should run in 2014, while 62 percent say he should not. Even among Republicans, only 41 percent want him to run, while 47 percent say he should step aside.

Perry’s fall from grace within his own party inverts the usual model of Republican primary challenges. Perry remains popular with self-identified “very conservative” Texans, who want him to run for re-election by a 59 to 34 percent margin. Only 37 percent of “somewhat conservative” Texans want Perry to run again, however, compared to 52 percent who want him to leave office. Just 14 percent of moderates want him to run for governor, with a staggering 80 percent wanting him to step aside.

In other words, Rick Perry seems to have pulled off the remarkable feat of being too extreme for Texas Republicans.

Texans do not want Perry to leave Austin to run for president again in 2016; a whopping 79 percent say he should not run for president, while just 14 percent say he should.

If Perry does seek re-election, his most formidable opponent would be Texas attorney general Greg Abbott. Abbott, who is best known for successfully arguing before the Supreme Court that Texas should be allowed to display the Ten Commandments at the state capitol, trails Perry by a narrow 38 to 41 percent margin. Among the 59 percent of primary voters who are familiar with Abbott, however, the attorney general leads Perry by an overwhelming 55 to 33 percent, suggesting that Abbott’s numbers will climb as his name recognition improves.

If Perry manages to survive a primary challenge from Abbott, then Democrats would stand a solid chance of knocking him off in the general election. All four of his most likely opponents — San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, former Houston mayor Bill White, current Houston mayor Annise Parker, and state senator Wendy Davis — are within single digits of Perry (White actually leads him 47 to 44 percent).

Abbott, on the other hand, leads all four likely challengers by 7 to 12 percent.

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  • I’m please to see that the majority of Texans are beginning to see the light. Perhaps a bit slow in the up take, but progress none the less. Now if they can wise up to what is being done to their schools something can come from this awakening.

    • Lynda, a recent news article stated that Texas was one of the places in the US where the most Americans have been moving to recently. Given how dismally Texas ranks on so many assessments, of course one of them being its dismal record on education as you noted, I have to believe that the majority of people going there are not taking the time to research what they’re getting themself into. Here are some statistics on Texas that are just mind boggling – that one state could rank so terribly on so many assessments:

      .Texas is 49th in the country in tax revenues collected per capita and 50th in revenues spent.
      .It’s 44th in tax progressivity, which means it collects most of its taxes from working people and it comes in 50th in the percent of its population that have a HS diploma.
      .It ranks 46th in the overall SAT scores it’s students get on entrance exams; and 49th in what it pays its teachers.
      .It ranks dead last (50th) in having the most people without health insurance and also dead last in the number of children covered by insurance.
      .Its 49th in the support it provides to women & children in the WIC program, and it leads the nation in teenage births.
      .It ranks 3rd in the nation in the number of people living in poverty and 50th with regard to the affordability of homeowners insurance.
      .Texas comes in 3rd in the nation in the number of public officials that are convicted for a crime; while being dead last in the percent of voters who turn out for elections.
      .It’s 46th in the hourly earnings of its workers and 48th in the payout of worker’s comp benefits.
      .And Texas ranks as having the most polluted air in the nation.

      By what other measure does Texas have to turn up close to last before people realize that by moving there they’re simply moving to what is really the cesspool of the nation. And I’m also amazed, that with a dismal record like the above, Rick Perry would even consider running for president of the US???

      • BDD1951

        I don’t know where you got your facts, but I can tell you that we are not the most polluted state in the nation. I’ve been in lots of states and your facts are wrong about pollution. The rest of you statistics I will agree with. We may get rid of Perry, but another republican jerk will just take his place.

        • That ranking was in a recent article on Yahoo and is assessed based on a combination of all the oil spills that have occurred in Texas and the terrible air around Houston. In that article, my former home state of CT ranked 3rd because of significant ground and water pollution around seveal cities near New York.

        • I forgot to mention that the rankings I noted above were put together by a Texas state Senator. And here are just a couple more not so great assessments that I missed picking up:

          .Texas ranks 45th in the overall health of its population and 47th with respect to mental health.
          .The quality of the highways in Texas is ranked 42nd and its parks and recreation facilities are ranked 48th and environmental protection 46th
          . Police protection is ranked 49th and government administration 50th.

          • you have to live here to appreciate the great state of, TEXAS we are not perfect here we too have our problems as you listed the only one i call you on are the parks and recs, we dont need man made beauty here,we have natural beauty

          • Pollgera

            Lived in Texas almost 30 years now – it stopped being a good place after Ann Richards left office. If I could afford to move, I would have years ago.

          • We could probably take up a collection for ya.

          • Mr

            Man made beauty is nothing more than a lame excuse for no upkeep and little/no maintenance.
            Wishing your statement was true–
            sadly–it isnt!

          • You are correct. Texas is the fourth most polluted state.

          • You are correct. Texas is a horrible place. If you are thinking of moving here; don’t. Uh, especially if you’re from the North. You will REALLY hate it.

        • I think not this time..repubs have done it in Texas..

      • sn77339

        Most of us who have moved here are only here because we were transferred here by our companies or for some other business reason. I think a lot of us would definitely rather be somewhere else!

      • Thank you for the truth with facts , you know the world we live in people can see the facts , complain but want do anything about it. Then he gives a speech like Texas is in the top ten in everything you named. I love Texas but it’s time for a change,,,,

      • If you don’t live here, don’t come and if you do live here, why don’t you leave. Please.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Texans eat too many Bulls Balls down there. That’s why their heads are mostly up their behinds.

  • Sand_Cat

    So the nutcase who got the Supremes to agree to ram religion down everyone’s throat has a good chance of beating Perry, and this is supposed to be good news?

    • kanawah

      Abbot is not “great”, but he is exponentially better than Perry.

      • Who are you kidding, Abbott is a mini me to Perry

  • kanawah

    There may be some intelligent people in Texas after all.

  • Texas won’t secede from the Union or from the U.S. after all, they will secede from the craziness of their own party or some politicians from the Lone Star state.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Texas would probably not survive if they did secede from the US. Remember, Mexico hasn’t forgotten how they lost that part of their country.

      And, I suspect Mexico would love to bring back large parts of the southwest back into their country.

      Eh, they’re getting it back little by little anyway.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The Bush Era Texans are getting long in the tooth. Big Oil is becoming more and more obsolete as the days pass. Texas has a number of great possibilities in the energy industry, but due to the unwillingness of its government to put some distance between Big Oil and alternative energy, a lot of Middle Class Texans now see the handwriting on the wall for themselves and their families.

    The number of oil spills taxpayers have had to help pay for is bogging the economy down. Texas could never afford to contribute to the cost of cleanup of these spills. And, when Big Oil goes down as an industry naturally does, those huge federal tax subsidies end and state taxes will necessarily rise.

    • Texans won´t like it. Check out Korean BEST Browns Gas or African Hydrogen on Google. The day is not too far off when China will be mass producing “water as fuel” retrofits for vehicles, and selling small engined, combined heat power units- running off water to displace heating oil units in single family homes, multi-family dwelling units, and office buildings, displacing both heating oil and natural gas for heating.

      The “age of aqueous fuels” is dawning, as are other forms of alternative energy and energy efficiency systems. What is Texas going to do when the rest of the country shifts to running its cars, heating its homes, and generating power – with water?

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        It was said many years ago, a Carberator for our vehicles which used water was invented. The Big 3 quashed it and hid the invention.

        It’s totally possible to use water, if broken down it contains Hydrogen and water – H2O. They just need to find a way of efficiently breaking water down into its components – 1 molecule of Hydrogen, 2 molecules of Oxygen.

        This not only would give us access to the main energy source which powers the entire universe – Hydrogen. But, we’d all breath a lot better too having more Oxygen in the environment.

        Fossil Fuels as we know it today is a finite form of energy. Eventually, it’s all going to be used up.

        Too bad Texas, you’re going to be on the loosing end of your own very long shit stick in the not too distant future.

  • old_blu

    I love to watch this, now the republicans are throwing their golden Texas boy under the bus, they are coming apart.

  • ajghbg

    Unfortunately in Texas and other Republican controlled legislatures, it is becoming almost impossible for a Democrat to win. The gerrymandering completed by those states including my home state of PA. In some of the stats a Democrat must have 65% of the vote and a Republican far less. The constitution already solved this problem by forming two houses one represented by population and the other with two representatives for each state. In all but one state the two house model is to replicate the system. Gerrymandering for the pure political reason should be unconstitutional and why the Roberts court would hear it.

    The Republican Party in Pa are upset because for the first time in Pa history we have a democrat as AG, Auditor Gen, and Treasurer. The Republicans are worried about our current Big Business Governor who fought the hard fight for big gas interests every business interest he could help while cutting funds for public education k through college level. He also took money from the poor healthcare to fund more tax cuts for the poor mistreated business billionaires.

    The Republican Party in Pa can not understand how big TOM is so unpopular.

    • You are right on the money about Perry and Texas. After his cutting education to shreads, forcing school districts, which already were taxing their districts as high as the State would allow by law, to dismss teachers, cut programs, add additonal students to classrooms while trying to stay within the State Law on teacher-student ratios, AND to continue to work to improve student’s test scores on tests that are not educationally sound, besides his ignorance views on woman’s rights…….I truly cannot see how he was re-elected in the first place. How come WOMEN are the only ones effected by religious demands? Abortion is legal. Having to spend money and force women to see an ultrasound…… if the majority of women haven’t ever see one, is ridiculous. Or to restrict food stamps without having a drug test, is financially unsound as well. Governor Perry’s Cowboy tactics is beyond reason and NOT what Texas needs or deserves. Bill White turned Houston around……one of the largest cities in the world and he can do the same for Texas. Julian Castro is also a very intelligent individual with his heart in Texas. Texas has beautiful cities, countryside like no other, and intelligent and hardworking people. We deserve better.

  • ObozoMustGo

    The only way a DemonRAT is going to win a state wide election in TX is if they find a way to allow all those illegal DemonRATS that have crossed the border to also vote…… wait.. what??? Oh yeah, that’s been in the works for years now. Maybe Perry is in trouble.

    Have a nice day!

    “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” ― John Locke

    • So you must be defenseless then since you have no clue about anything!!!

      • puzzled21

        Thanks, I needed a good laugh and I was thinking the same thing. His pattern is to quote someone, who he obviously has no idea what those he quotes are trying to say.

    • “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” ― John Locke

      Something you lack!! Perry is out of here

    • Your hysterical, ignorant polemics on this site over the past year have been absurd, and getting even more absurd by the day. Your only high school educated mind must be pretty proud of its “DemonRats” play on words, which is not so original, as other TPers used DemoRats. Adding an “n” was really not so original after all.

      Obama won the election. Get over it. Goodness, you remind of those white Southern Baptists who present the demographic “proof” that cloe to 50% of the people living in the state are going to go to hell because their religious affiliation is not with their religious body.

      A moved to Texas Jewish Rabbi was on a train between Dallas and Forth Worth, reading his torah in Hebrew-
      A native of the state-sitting next to him got more irritated as the ride went on, finally stating.
      “You know. My name is Brown- B R O W N. And I was born right here in Texas, the greatest state in the Union. My parents were born here, my grandparents were born here, and I am 100% white patriotic, Texas American. My name is Brown- B R O W N.

      The Rabbi ignored him.
      Mr. Brown kept it up. “And who are you? What´s the funny looking thing you wearing on your head. And what kind a book you reading backwards. Is that the Koran? Are you some kind of Muslim Subversive. I`m asking you as a One Hundred Percent White American.
      Cohen finally blew up. “Like you, I am an American. I was born in America. My parents were born in America. My grandfather served in World War II, my father served in Vietnam. And as you can see from the color of my skin. I am white. I am 99.99 % white… except for my asshole, and it is Brown. B R O W N !

      • ObozoMustGo

        Kent… though you are clearly a leftist nutcase, I will give you credit for a great joke. I loved it. Thanks.

        Have a nice day!

        “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain.

        • puzzled21

          Your ass must stay upset with your mouth due to all of the shit that comes out of it.

        • If you care to consider me a “leftist nutcase” from your perspective, I will take that as a complement. When I hear things like that, I feel like breaking out into song: “Voelker hoert die Signale, bis zum letzten Gefecht, die Internationale schutzt das Menschenrecht.”

          Can´t figure that one out, can you?

          Alles Gute from the happy ex-Pat retiree in Munich, Germany- which was rated by Mercers as one of the top ten cities in the world with the highest quality of life. (Tied with Duesseldorf for fourth place.) Goodness, as a “pointy headed intellectual” ho ho, I even go to classical music concerts, visit art museums here, and even like to go to the opera. And, even more suspicious, I love getting up early in the morning, hopping the subway to a Benedictine monastery when they do it, and listen to a mass sung in Latin.

          Those Benedictines must really be suspicious to guys like you. After all, they have been pooling their resources together in “working communes” and doing without “private propery” except for a few personal possessions since the 6th century A.D. (But they do know how to “collectively run very successful businesses with which they can do all the “suspicious charity work” for those less fortunate than themselves.)

          Goodness gracious. Why the Archbishop of Munich-Freising is somebody else you´d definitely consider a “leftist nutcase”. Cardinal Reinhard Marx penned a very interesting book critical of Tea Party and Uncle Milty Friedmann´s “shock doctrine economics”: “Das Kapital”! LOL

          • ObozoMustGo

            Kent, perhaps “leftist freak” would be more appropriate for you considering your rant about how cultured and intellectual you believe yourself to be. To bad for you that the reality is radically different. Anyone that thinks they must profess themselves to be cultured and intellectual most certainly is anything but. Further, anyone that attempts to draw equivalency between the simplicity of a family (a monestary is very much like a family) and the complexities of an entire country’s economic system with millions of people, all pursuing their own self-interest, cannot be too logical, and is most likely afflicted with a leftist diseased mind incapable of understanding the true nature of man.

            Cardinal Marx is a well known leftist within the Catholic Church. Anything that comes from his mind or mouth is suspect from the start.

            If you don’t like Friedman, you should try reading F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, or perhaps someone more recent like Thomas Sowell. Sowell is very good and breaking things down into simple concepts for the benefit of those of you on the left who are challenged by rational and logical thought. Give it a shot. Your retired and have nothing but time.

            Have a nice day!

            “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm– but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T. S. Eliot

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Your Ass must feel pretty useless and cheated with all the crap that comes out of your mouth.

  • stcroixcarp

    During the silly season, aka Republican Presidential Primaries, Rick Perry ended up in a three way tie with Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain for being the most stupid in a cohort of nincomepoops.

    • Good to know that they are not totally worthless.They can always serve as bad examples.

      • JSquercia

        Indeed a PERFECT example of Tea Party Governance . Never elect to Government people who HATE Government

  • I think that the Republicans should run Rick Perry for President, Herman Cain for V.P., Sarah Palin for Secretary of State, Michelle Bockmann for Secretary of Defense, Ron Paul, for Secretary of Tresury, Newt Gingrich for Secretary of the Moon, Rick Santorium for Secretary of Religion, and finally, Donald Trump for Secretary for Mental Health.

    • Super list!! Great post! Thanks for the chuckles!!


    With all the people relocating to Texas–we can only hope they are Democrats so this state can return to the great Democratic state it was. Perry is proof that Repukelicans have no sense at all.

  • Texas needs a Democrat to pull the state out of its Great Oppression.

  • This man is suffering from AMNESIA, time for him to stay home and let the younger politicians have a go at it

  • Pamby50

    Good riddence.

  • Actually, Romney had the lowest poles as Governer. He had an approval rating of 29% at one point — gotta tive to the GOP, they know how to pick’ em.

  • ridemybroom

    htis man needs to be blindfolded and put on a barge and take him to a desserted isle with one coconut tree and 2 apes…and then lets see how long he lasts….im just saying…!

  • Wonder how Rickey likes being in the dismal “47%’s” with his own party? Join the rest of us low life, entitlement-seeking, moochers Rick Dude…!!

  • S-3

    So Texas is waking up – only a little. Better than nothing!!

  • dont get your hopes up!! Louie Gommert is waiting in the wings!

  • I have heard that the people of Kentucky are getting ready to vote Mitch McConnell out of the Senate, too.

  • No surprise here. He’s overstayed his welcome. 12 years is too long to be in any executive role. He has extremely conservative political viewpoints. For a Texas that continues to grow more moderate-liberal, he is a bad choice. The hispanic population is booming. They will not support Rick Perry unless he really changes his rhetoric and follows through with it in practice.

    Not to mention the guy is as dumb as a box of rocks.

  • ron

    Some of you have also forgotten about the fact that we have a low unemployment record and are also the 15th largest economy in the world. Not so bad to live here. You can get a job if you want. Why do you think 1k people a day are moving here? Can’t be so bad can it?

  • lpaz55

    Abbott is just as goofy as Perry. Heaven help us!

  • Mr

    Folks that relocate here are listening to the hype and not reading
    or researching the facts.
    Once here they are stuck and have no choice other than bite the bullet
    and make do as best they can.
    Texas is slowly but surely eroding into its own cesspool.
    Got jobs? Sure it has–as long as one doesnt mind wearing a paper hat
    and hanging out a window trying to ‘super size your order’.
    I’m retired and stuck here–whats other’s excuse beyond being screwed?

  • DurdyDawg

    (it’s about damn time!)..

  • SueTX

    I’m a born and raised, 7th generation Texan. My ancestors helped found this state and build its strong foundations.

    It has grieved my heart for years to see how the GOP has ruined my beautiful state. My husband and I are looking at retirement soon and we can’t think of anywhere else we want to live, and yet we’re desperately unhappy under the GOP regime of paid off politicians, bought by billionaires and jammed down the throats of We, the People.

    Gerrymandering has made the situation almost impossible to fix. It’s given us the likes of Ted Cruz (voted against the VAWA!) and Cornyn (voted against aid to Sandy victims!) Perhaps someday, we can marshal the voters to finally THROW THE BUMS OUT!

  • Bill Davis

    And it took these fools 14 years to figure out he’s a bum….

  • ballsnow

    Perry is giving In State Tuition to illegals, and also giving Grants to illegals, don’t forget turning down 30 million federal dollars in care for the poorest women in the State of Tx. What’s really bad, is his taking 82 thousand of taxpayer dollars a year, in retirement, when he’s obviously, not retired. He needs to be called King Perry, not Governor Perry.

  • jong

    No suprise coming from a left wing rag like the “national memo”. Were was the polling done?? In Austin??