Poll: Ted Cruz's Filibuster Puts Him Atop GOP Field For 2016

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Well here you have it folks, Ted Cruz has emerged as the GOP front-runner for 2016. It no surprise to anyone in Texas that this has been his ambition from the day he was elected to the US Senate. He may have burned a lot of bridges in his own party to get here, but then again building bridges has never been part of his rhetoric anyway.

The Public Policy Polling results show a clear split in the GOP that has manifested itself in the debate over a government shutdown to prevent funding for the the Affordable Care Act. The most vocally anti-Obama candidates lead the way with 20% for Cruz, and 17% for Rand Paul and the moderates continue to lose their grip of the Grand Old Party with Chris Christie at 14% and Jeb Bush at 11%.

Check below the jump to find the full poll results, aaand how many Republicans actually think President Obama is allowed more than 140 characters on Twitter…Fun fact: 13% of Republican primary voters believe President Obama uses more than 140 characters on Twitter, but most just aren't sure.

The poll found that 34% of those who believe themselves to be “very conservative” support Ted Cruz, while 34% of those who describe themselves as moderate Republicans choose Chris Christie.

The only other 2 candidates currently in the mix are Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan who each garnered 10% of the vote. Cruz is the only candidate to gain support since PPP's last poll and his latest antics are given the credit. “He's made himself the face of a government shutdown over Obamacare, and the Republican base supports that by a 64/20 margin,” read PPP's analysis of the poll.

The other major conclusion of the poll is that Ted Cruz is now the defacto leader of the Republican Party. He is now trusted more by the party's base than Speaker Boehner or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Ted Cruz this week established himself as the grassroots hero of the Republican Party,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

This presents a major problem for the GOP as a brand. Now its leader according to primary voters is a man despised by the very people who are forced to work with him. His filibuster, which was more of a grandstand, may be popular with the base but it's not with a majority of the American people.  Cruz is the captain of the Tea Party's Titanic and though he is leading them towards an electoral disaster, we all know he will just blame the iceberg for not getting out of the way.

Full poll results can be viewed here.

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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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