“Bill White actually leads the Governor's race 51-42 with voters who want to be Americans.”

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Recently, Public Policy Polling dropped the third consecutive poll showing Bill White closing in on Rick Perry. But it's the crosstabs on the poll that should really make your eyes widen. Emphasis mine.

On Secession:

15% of voters in the state support seceding from the Union while 72% are opposed. 21% of Republicans and only 4% of Democrats support secession. Bill White actually leads the Governor's race 51-42 with voters who want to be Americans, but Perry leads overall because of a 69-18 lead with the secessionists. It's too bad for White that the secessionists don't go so far as renouncing their right to vote in American elections or else he'd definitely be the next Governor of Texas.

It's sad to think that Rick Perry's lead is built on the backs of folks who don't even want to be part of America anymore. In fact, it says something fundamentally awful about the modern Republican base voters — when you get down to it, they'd rather leave the country than help lead the country.

But maybe we should just be glad that only 1 in 7 Texans is so darn unpatriotic as to want to secede. Maybe we can send Rick Perry and the secessionists to Mustang Island to set up their own colony and leave the rest of the state to Bill White.


On Enthusiasm:

In a lot of states Democrats are having trouble keeping their party as unified as the Republicans but that's not the case in Texas – 90% of Dems are committed to their party, equal to the 90% of GOP ones sticking with theirs.

That's right, Texas Democrats are excited, because we have a real chance to oust failed Republican Governor Rick Perry in favor of a proven leader with a record of success. Bill White is running a real campaign, the kind of campaign that Texans have deserved to see and partake in for years.


On The President:

Barack Obama's approval rating is 40% in the state with 55% disapproving. Not good but not as steep a drop as he's seen in some other states. 88% of Democrats approve of him while 92% of Republicans disapprove, and independents are actually slightly favorable at 49/43.

Interesting to see the favorable split with Independents, since the news media keeps breathlessly telling us that thanks to Obama, Democrats are doomed! doomed! this year.

So. To sum up:

  • Bill White leads the Governor's race amongst people who want Texas to remain part of the United States of America.
  • Rick Perry's supporters would rather secede than stick with our great nation. Maybe it has something to do with the African-American president?
  • Democrats are united and excited to come together for the good of all Texans and vote out Rick Perry.
  • Barack Obama isn't as unpopular as the media and the Governor might have you believe.

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About Author

Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. You nailed it
    Republicans would rather leave the country than lead it.  After eight years of W. and 10 years of Perry we know that Republicans are incapable of governing competently.   W. stuck two wars, tax cuts for the rich and a Medicare entitlement program on the taxpayers' credit card. He borrowed money from China to do it all. His voodoo economic policies drove our economy into the sewer and now we have the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930's.  Nearly 10% of Americans are out of work, thanks to voodoo Republican trickle down economics.  

    Perry has raked up a $18 billion budget deficit that he refuses to talk about.  He thinks if he ignores the huge stinking pig of an issue people will believe that there is no deficit.  Meanwhile Texas universities and all agencies have been told to cut their budgets by 10%.  Folks will lose jobs.  Services will be cut. Perry doesn't want folks to know that it is his fault.  The Governor has played so fast and loose with federal stimulus money that the feds recently rejected the state's request for $830 million for schools.  It seems that Perry thumbed his nose at the requirements and conditions of the first federal school grant and he played by his own Rick Perry rule book instead.

    Perry has so much to hide that he is terrified of a debate with Bill White.

    Make our day Republicans.  Secede yourselves outta here and leave the rest of us alone.  

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