Monday, November 4, 2019

However imperfectly, voters reward Cruz; disdain Cornyn

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

Fascinating nugget in the latest Trib poll:

Cornyn's and Cruz's disapproval ###'s are within the margin of error.  Meanwhile, Cruz's approval number runs 11 points ahead of Cornyn (*).  The difference is the "don't know" category.

There's 34% of the electorate that will disapprove of ANY Republican.  Cornyn and Cruz both deal with that.  Among everybody else, Cruz outpolls Cornyn significantly.

This is a weird observation to make.  We've discussed the many mistakes we believe Cruz has made.  Yet, for all that, the basic pattern of 2013/14 seems to hold.

Bottom Line: Cruz has his flaws.  That's obvious to everyone.  That being said, at least he tries.  Last week's Trib poll illustrates that voters appreciate the effort.

* -- Even if you give Cornyn every benefit of the doubt on margin of error, and Cruz none, in a worst case scenario Cruz is still +5 on approval rating over Cornyn.

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