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Poll: The More Americans Get to Know Ted Cruz, the More They Dislike Him

ted-cruz-1It goes without saying that name recognition is a pretty big deal for most politicians, especially those with bigger ambitions.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a prime example of someone who’s spent his entire time in Congress doing just one thing—setting himself up for a “bigger office.”

What office?  Well, the office of the President of the United States, of course.  That’s the only reason he ran for the U.S. Senate — he wants to become president.  Hell, this whole shutdown has been one giant GOP presidential primary campaign event for him.

And to some extent, it’s worked.  As he’s gone on national television to make an ass out of himself fulfill his duties as United States Senator, a recent Gallup poll shows that Ted Cruz has indeed become more known to more Americans.

In early June, just 42% of those polled had actually heard of Ted Cruz, but by last week that number was up to 62%.  Twenty points is a pretty substantial jump in just a matter of a few months.  So it seems Senator Cruz’s plan to “get his name out there” has been a smashing success.

There’s just one problem.

The poll also indicates that the more people get to know him, the less they actually like him.  In early June, when only 42% of those polled had heard of him, he was seen favorably by 24% and unfavorably by just 18%.

Fast forward to last week when 62% of those polled said they had heard of him.  In this poll, his favorable rating only went up 2 points while his unfavorable rating more than doubled to 38%.

It seems, the more Americans get to know Senator Cruz, the more they really don’t like him.  Which is a big problem for anyone who wants to become President of the United States.  It’s also a huge problem for the Republican party.

See, I’ve said for a while that the tea party will be the end of the GOP as we know it.  Conservatives have “unleashed the beast” and there’s really no way to put it back in its cage.  The base is energized with anger, fear, hatred and paranoia to such high levels that they’re demanding “true conservatives.”

Which is fine if all you needed to worry about winning were primary elections.  People like Ted Cruz are often very popular with the most adamant of Republican voters.  Being seen favorably by hardcore Republicans is key for any candidate to have a chance at winning the GOP nomination for president.

The problem is, that kind of right-wing radicalism doesn’t sell well with the majority of Americans.  Even moderate Republicans often shy away from many of these tea party-backed Republicans.

So while Ted Cruz might be doing a great job at getting his name out there, pandering to the right-wing base and catapulting himself to being the new face of the GOP—there’s just one problem.

The more people get to know him, the more they simply don’t like him.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
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  • jchastn

    I think that people dont like him because he is a legislative terrorist, and he has done nothing except spread turmoil. Also he is a Canadian.

    • William Prince

      Well, technically he’s a dual citizen. He’s certainly not a natural-born U.S. citizen in my book, but since the Founding Fathers didn’t see fit to define that for us, he’s probably eligible to run. That’s okay, though. His kind of crazy doesn’t play well on the national stage, and if he were to run and (by some miracle) get the GOP nomination, that would be very good for the blue team.

    • mngrayfox

      Not a very proud Canadian!! He gave up his Canadian citizenship!! Lucky Canada!!

  • derpderp

    if he does end up running, i’ll be curious to see how silent all of those previously extra-verbal Obama “birthers” are. Especially considering Cruz actually WAS born outside the US, and could technically fall outside of the “natural-born-citizen” clause (unfortunately, probably not). the level of hypocrisy is astounding sometimes.

    • William Prince

      He’s not a natural-born citizen in my book, but the founders didn’t define that for us, so you’re probably right. He can probably run, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. In fact, I see it as a very good thing for the Democratic Party.

      That’s a good point about the birthers, and you can bet that they’ll be silent. President Obama was unequivocally born in Hawaii, but that’s not good enough for them–and we all know why. Cruz doesn’t have a U.S. birth certificate at all, but they won’t care–and we all know why. It’s the same reason why they didn’t care in the least that John McBush was born in Panama.

      • strayaway

        In 2008, there were questions about whether Senator Obama was born in the US and it was known that Sen. McCain was not. Former Solicitor General Ted Olson, a Republican backing McCain, and Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe, a Democrat backing Barack Obama got together and made a joint statement that both candidates were natural born citizens eligible to be president.

    • patsijean

      I saw one Texas woman say on air that she didn’t really consider Canada a foreign country.

  • William Prince

    His kind of crazy doesn’t play well nationwide.

  • Oliver Gogarty

    So, let me see if I understand your point, here: are you saying that the more Americans get to know Ted Cruz, the more they don’t like him?

  • Michael Siever

    Top 3 reasons Ted Cruz won’t ever be President:

    1.
    Renouncing his Canadian citizenship isn’t going to magically change the
    fact that he was born in Canada. The die-hard birthers (Not the ones
    pretending to be believers in the movement solely because they’re
    Republicans who want a shot at unseating Obama, but the real believers
    who legitimately believe that Obama is not a born citizen) already have
    indisputable evidence that Ted Cruz was not born on US soil, and will
    die by their sword and derail his Presidential bid.

    2.
    It will be about 50 years before we have another Texas President. Dubya
    left a rally nasty taste in most Americans’ mouths. Sayonara, President
    Goodhair, btw.

    3.
    Speaking of Dubya, Ted Cruz worked under him as a campaigner for his
    presidency, which included conducting legal work on the infamous Florida
    recount, as well as serving under his presidency as an associate deputy
    attorney general for the US Justice Department and as a director of
    public policy for the US Federal Trade Commission. Considering how close
    he is to Dubya, most people are not going to want to put another fox in
    charge of the hen house.

  • Jennifer Griffin

    I’m curious as well to see how people accept the fact he was born in Canada. He shouldn’t be able to run for president even with dual citizenship in my opinion. At least though, with his plummeting approval rating, there’s signs that some of the sleeping people have started to wake up.

  • Terry

    Ted Cruz wouldn’t survive Month #1 in a national campaign, where the media is down your throat 24/7. His flaws will quickly become apparent to voters who don’t already know he’s a fake.

  • Suzie

    So glad that this man, (Cruz) is finally being seen for the true piece of garbage that he is. Too bad, Teddy, Americans are a lot smarter than you think we are! Why do you think Pres. Obama won, again!!!

    • Ben Ghazi Butcher

      Obama won because, as Dems have always done, he appealed to the basest compulsions, fear, ignorance, and sloth in what has probably been the most ignorant electorate there’s ever been. That the left keep theirs under-informed, uninformed, and misinformed is not an oft-repeated narrative but a reality.

      In the 2012 election, for example, 64% of the high school dropout registered voters voted for Obama according to a Roper education exit poll. Were it not for voters who were feeble-minded enough to be impressed with sytrofoam, faux, Greek columns, “hope,” and “change,” an adult might be in the White House.

  • bd

    Ted Cruze does aspire to greater things…his own show on Faux News.

  • Tedcruzfan

    Ted Cruz is a hero. He suggests maybe taxpayers can’t afford another huge dysfunctional entitlement program and he is called crazy. We’ll I’m doing crazy, because the narcissistic cowards who want to keep the party credit card going they are considered sage statesman. Beltway logic at its best….please

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