As a Texan, I’ve seen the enigma that is current Governor Rick Perry first hand. Trust me when I say that most people don’t like him in this state, and that includes many Republicans. His favorability rating seems to hover anywhere between the low to mid-40’s with the number of people who disapprove of his job performance almost always being higher.
These numbers obviously weren’t helped during his 2012 presidential bid that can only be described as a total embarrassment.
Well, the rumor mill continues to churn pointing to the very real possibility that Perry is contemplating yet another presidential bid.
Something which I’m sure gets comedy writers excited, but it seems very few Texans actually want to see happen.
Recently, Public Policy Polling did a survey where they asked Texans who they’d like to see as the GOP nominee in 2016 — and almost nobody chose Rick Perry.
In what should surprise absolutely no one, Ted Cruz led the field, garnering 32% of the vote. As for the rest of the field, 13% picked Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, 10% chose Rand Paul, 6% favor Bobby Jindal and 5% like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.
Three percent chose Rick Perry.
Think about that for a moment. The governor of Louisiana ranks higher among Texans than our own governor.
Hell, Rick Perry ranked so poorly that if the presidential race were between himself and Hillary Clinton—he would lose Texas.
It just goes to show what an epic embarrassment Rick Perry has been to the state of Texas. The only reason he’s been our longest serving governor is because he’s never really faced a true Republican challenger and Democrats in this state stand almost no chance at winning a state-wide election.
Granted, such strong opposition to the thought of him being the 2016 GOP candidate probably isn’t entirely based on his track record as governor. I’m fairly certain his disastrous run in 2012 plays a significant part. It’s not every day you see a presidential candidate unable to name the three agencies of government he would eliminate if he were president.
Seriously, every time I watch that video I get a good chuckle.
The sad part is, I highly doubt these numbers would have any impact on Perry’s decision to run. In his mind, I’m sure he believes he stands a real shot at not only winning the GOP nomination, but actually becoming president.
I hate to break it to Governor Perry (actually, I don’t), but if the people in your state would rather see the Governor of Louisiana as the GOP nominee or would choose a Democrat for president over you—you don’t stand a chance in hell.