|A recent survey administered by the University of Texas and The Texas Tribune shows that friendliness with the Tea Party may significantly hinder attempts to appeal to women voters.
According to the poll, Ted Cruz's net favorability is + 6 among men and ‐4 among women. For Hispanic women, it's -17.
An earlier survey of 1,200 Texas voters showed Wendy Davis trailing only six points behind Abbott with 34 percent of suburban women polling as undecided. That's a huge chunk of the electorate that has historically not responded positively to Tea Party politics.
In the UT/Texas Tribune October poll, twice as many women as men were undecided for the gubernatorial general election. While Abbott led in male votes by ten percent, Wendy Davis trailed him by 3 percent in women's votes.
The same poll measured Texans' opinions on abortion. 53 percent of Texans surveyed said that they believed abortion should be "always legal" or "generally legal," a sentiment that will not resonate with any of the candidates on the all-male Republican ballot.
The contrast between the Democratic and Republican candidates demonstrates that conservative politicians are still not ready to acknowledge that Texas women are paying attention, and they are angry.
Now that Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte are leading the Democratic ticket, the GOP is in for a wake-up call.
Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.