New 2016 Poll: More Republicans Want Mitt Romney than Rick Perry

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Rick Perry’s tenure as governor officially ended this week, freeing up his time to do what he’s really wanted to do all along–plan his next run for president.

However, a new poll released this week shows that perhaps Rick Perry should think twice about that 2016 run. According to a new CBS News poll, Mitt Romney has more support among Republicans than Rick Perry for a 2016 presidential run.

The poll found that 59% of Republicans had a positive reaction to a potential Mitt Romney candidacy, while only 21% said they wanted Rick Perry to run again. 32% of the Republicans surveyed didn’t want Perry to run, and the rest had no opinion.

Among the rest of the potential Republican field, Jeb Bush came in slightly behind Romney, followed by Mike Huckabee. Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, and (you guessed it) Rick Perry had the highest disapproval ratings from their fellow Republicans.

On the Democratic side, a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy drew overwhelming support from Democrats. 85% of Democrats said they wanted her to run, as did 51% of independents. She was the only candidate from either party who garnered a majority of positive support from independents. She was followed by Joe Biden, who received positive support from 40% of the Democrats surveyed.

The poll was also not great for another potential Texan 2016 contender, Ted Cruz. The majority of Republicans surveyed reacted to a potential Cruz candidacy with a collective “Meh.” 53% of Republicans had no opinion about a Ted Cruz presidential run. Other candidates met with indifference included Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and Scott Walker.

Overall the poll brought bad news for the two men who have made it their missions to run for president instead of helping their constituents. Rick Perry’s glasses clearly haven’t made the impact he’d hoped, since he’s yet again falling behind Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, despite all of Ted Cruz’s Tea Party hyperbole, Republicans aren’t really interested in having him run for president. For most people, this might give them pause, perhaps cause them to reevaluate whether all of their pandering has been worth it. But in true Texas tradition, we can almost certainly expect Rick Perry and Ted Cruz to care more about their egos than Texans, and double down on their presidential dreams.

There is a silver lining to all of this, however. After two failed campaigns, Rick Perry may finally stop running for president–after all, it’s not like he could count to a third one.

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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