Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) isn't too popular with most of America after the government shutdown that he helped bring about. But he still has the hearts of Republicans in his home state, according to a new poll conducted on the internet by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune.
Fifty-two percent of Texas Republicans had a favorable opinion of Cruz after the shutdown, according the poll. Among Texas Tea Party voters, Cruz received a 92 percent favorability rating. 72 percent of Texas Tea Partiers have a "very favorable" opinion of Cruz, according to the poll.
The poll was conducted online between Oct. 18-27, and surveyed 1,200 registered Texas voters with an overall margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. The results among self-described Republican primary voters have a margin of error of +/-5.02 percentage points.
Another UT/TT poll conducted in June, before the government shutdown, found that 88 percent of Texas Tea Party Republicans had a favorable opinion of Ted Cruz, with 70 percent saying they had a "very favorable" opinion of him.
In June, 49 percent of Texas Republicans overall had a very favorable opinion of Cruz, and 21 percent had a somewhat favorable opinion of the Senator.
A Gallup poll conducted in the first week of October, in the first days of the shutdown, found that more Americans knew who Ted Cruz was, but that his popularity took a hit among Americans in general.
But among Republicans, Cruz seems to have emerged as a key player since the shutdown. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted in the last days of October found that 21 percent of Republican voters across the country see Cruz as the leader of their party.
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