From the fine folks at Public Policy Polling:
Since Rick Perry is consistently at 1-2% in our 2016 polling we're going to replace him with Ted Cruz for now
— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) May 6, 2013
Perry's going to need some ointment for that sick statistical burn.
PPP will have their first national presidential poll out this week that includes Cruz. Will he have a stronger showing than Governor “Oops,” who is little more than a rounding error to GOP primary voters at this point?
In the meantime it's just another sign that Perry's reign of terror is drawing to a close. The Republican Legislature has openly pushed back against him on the UT Board of Regents, and even members of his own party are opposing some of his priority agenda items.
The only concern I have with these numbers is that they might convince Perry to stick around for another term as Governor of Texas, since clearly he's got no hope of winning a 2016 Presidential Primary and can't possibly be construed as a “value add” to any national ticket. However, Perry's donors seem to be making their preference for Greg Abbott in 2014 clear, if their contribution trends are any indication.