Embarrassing New Poll Shows Practically Nobody in Texas Wants Rick Perry as President

rickperry5As 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • langranny

    Allen, I love your columns. However using the word “enigma” to describe Perry is kind of like using “sharpshooter” to describe Dick Cheney. According to Webster, “enigma” means someone or something that is difficult to understand or explain. Perry is easy to understand. He is a greedy, unintelligent person who only has his own interests in mind. As far as explaining him, see previous sentence. Again, love your columns…

    • Sigbab

      I think what he meant was that it is enigma how Perry could be governor of anything.

      • Bill

        In a state that elected George W. Bush as its governor, it’s hardly surprising.

    • Kingminnie

      Wow, you certainly seem to have an inordinately high opinion of yourself. You know for a fact that the OP can’t think for himself? Yes, indeed, Rush, Palin or Faux News are all ripe for making fun of.

      Actually, the fact remains that the only time things get done in this country, things that actually do any good for people, are when Democrats are in office. The record speaks for itself. Or, do you have some plausible explanation for the current members of Congress who have done nothing but make things worse?

    • Bill

      What remarkable nonsense.

  • Elizabeth Greene

    As a resident of Texas, the entire Republican party in this state are suspect, incompetent, right wing dodo’s who couldn’t find their butts with both hands and a road map. Their combined “logic” is an embarrassment.

    • vwbtl99

      What is scary about you just said should be. Why are people electing those useless morons to office? A million incompetent, selfish, greedy, morons can run for office but how and why do they keep getting elected? Democrats are not perfect but if we look through recent history (20th and 21st century) we can easily see that the best things that have happened in our country have been during democratic party administrations. Thanks Elizabeth.

      • sdsue

        My opinion is complacency, we all think everybody else is going to the voting booth so we don’t have to. Then low and behold, we end up with Gop and Teapartiers and we’re screwed. Thankfully enough of us got out there to re-elect President Obama.

    • Matt Pantages

      the things some men have to go through just to keep their wives quiet.. Maybe if you’d stop watching Fox News, this wouldn’t be necessary..

  • frank elliott

    The only good thing to come out of Texas…..an empty Greyhound bus.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      and my sorry dallas cowboys

    • Um…we have really great grapefruits…ruby reds…..

    • Dale Toy

      Now, now. My wife was raised in Texas AND born in Louisiana and she still came out bright, pretty and caring. Not everyone there is a complete idiot. Just look at Wendy Davis.

      On the other hand, there’s stupid…and then there’s Texas stupid. Sometimes you just have to take several hundred cases of the bad for each case of the good.

  • Beth

    What is with Republicans attacking education? I get that they want mindless drones that will vote for them but do we really need more uneducated adults that are creating an embarrassment for America on a global scale? Oh wait. I think I’m still talking about Republicans. I’m beginning to see a future where there’s Democrat-run public schools and either Church schools or no schools for the Tea Party.

    • exmotogo

      I was shocked at that too! out of ALL the government agencies you would get rid of education???

      • Jo Clark

        People need to understand, the reason the GOP is gutting public education is not so much that they want mindless morons to vote for them, though that probably is a part of it.

        Nope, it’s all about privatization. There is SO much money to be made in privatization of the education system by greedy politicians and businessmen, and frankly, they don’t care if the poor get an education, but they want those fees. If they can gut the public education system, they can replace it with private schools. This is one of the Koch brothers’ huge endeavors, has been for years.

        It’s always the same with the GOP…just follow the money. It’s alwaysssssss about money.

      • JamieHaman

        It isn’t just the money available in private education…it will also be the ability to “lock out” children and their families who don’t have money, who don’t behave in ‘acceptable ways’ or don’t have an acceptable religion.
        The return of lords, ladies and slaves.

    • Kelly Roberts

      A big part of it is that private school education is completely unregulated and we all know the Kochs and ALEC have big problems with oversight and regulation!!

  • Jess Manuel

    Perry, Cruz, and Gohmert..the Bermuda Triangle of Dumb

    • Kelly Roberts

      I think “dumb” is being overly nice here! Collossus of catachrestic… immensity of inerudite. The beauty of which? They’re too stupid to know these aren’t compliments!

  • Marty Cox

    hahaha…No wonder Perry got elected…the fact that they seem to NOW prefer Ted Cruz sez a lot about Texass.

  • Eddie

    Re-elect Bush….bahahahahaha! That will fix our little red wagon!

  • Rick Stone

    Love your posts and I dislike the guy as much as you do. And I’m not here to defend him.

    You said: In his mind, I’m sure he believes he stands a real shot at not only
    winning the GOP nomination, but actually becoming president.

    Wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) this hold true for ANYONE deciding to toss their hat into the ring? It would seem awfully silly for someone to even consider running if they really didn’t believe they have a shot.

    • colleen2

      I don’t think so. I think presidential runs are a means of livelihood for guys like Newt Gingrich and I am quite certain that he understands there is no way in hell he could win. People run to advertise their ideas and they run for big campaign contributions.

      • Devil_Dinosaur

        That’s true. For people like Gingrich, it’s a book promotion.

      • Guy Faulkes

        Yes – look at all those small 3rd-party candidates that make the ballot but don’t stand a minuscule chance of winning. It’s for ego and attention.

  • Diane Henry

    Ha Ha! Does Rick Perry think he is even going to get out of Iowa after his comments about Iowa conservatives after the primary? There are no real conservatives in Iowa? Ask all the old farmers west of I35 as far as whether they will caucus for Perry after being insulted like that. Remember, most of western Iowa is Steve King country now. I don’t think that one will go over too well.

  • johncoby

    Rick Perry is not a enigma. He is an enema, ie he is full of crap.

    • Jim


  • MaximumOvertroll

    nobody in texas wants perry for governer but gerrymadering fixes that.

  • emeraldeyes24

    This is hardly crackling, breaking news! The statistics bear out that with a mid 40’s rating among Texans, this guy would be re-elected in a heartbeat. The single digit rating is how many Texans would want to see him run for President! Well, if the beloved Texan is that much in demand in his home state, obviously they wouldn’t want to lose him to Washington. Maybe the author had nothing else to write about – and this was hardly the conversation to have. Maybe s/he should be writing about the ethos and psychopathy of Texans – 40% of whom love their irresponsible, sociopathic, extreme right-wing Governor. Don’t waste my time.

    • Dam Spahn

      I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing.

    • My step-aunt loves Rick Perry. She’s also incredibly naive and that’s what the GOP counts on: gullible good folks who think Rick Perry is a good ol’ boy like them instead of a closet bisexual ex-Democrat who out of sheer political ambition for money and power changed parties at the behest of Karl Rove who promised him a princely sum at retirement.

  • Rev. Janell Smith

    Let him run with Sarah Palin–the blind leading the blind!

    • Dam Spahn

      They’d make a heck uv’a ticket for a third party shot!

  • the truth

    Rafael ( Ted ) Cruz can’t run for president, he wasn’t born in this country, he was born in Canada, so the press should start mention that, and the right wing, hypocrite, liars, republicans are quiet about that Rafael ( Ted ) Cruz can’t never be a president, hypocrites, liar, why they are not whining, and complaining about it? pathetic, liar people

    • Kelly Roberts

      Actually, that isn’t entirely correct! John McCain was born in Panama. They don’t have to be born in the U.S. to be a citizen at birth. His mother was an American citizen in good standing, having met all residency requirements at the time of his birth making him a natural born citizen of the U.S. This is a common misconception but (unfortunately, in this case)it doesn’t apply to him or John McCain! Same with Mitt Romney’s dad, born in Mexico who ran for the presidency. Check out the “natural born citizen clause” of the constitution.

  • Jerry Person

    Nobody in Wisconsin will vote for walker . Scott Walker remembers creating jobs as assemblyman in Wisconsin . It was easy with ALEC. 32000 UNION public sector jobs. It is not as easy this time with out using your tax dollars. Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. In 1997 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC with truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes after the fact misleading ALL the legislatures. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. Most people sentenced to 2 years now had to serve as much as 6o years. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 100 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1997. Not including the building new or remodeling of 71 courthouses & 71 county jails & 441 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 billion plus interest. The total is over 28 BILLION plus the 60 Billion spent by social services to support prisoners families because the bread winner was a political prisoner as US Att gen Eric Holder explained. Then farming out prisoners in several states until the courts realized it was not allowed in the Wisconsin constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers to fill the jobs housing the prisoners from deputies , judges, district attorneys all owe Walker for creating there jobs. 32000 UNION PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. This cost taxpayers over 3.8 billion or a half million per day to house these EXTRA prisoners per day in Milwaukee county alone. Wisconsin claims it has 24,000 prisoners compared to Minnesota`s 5500. Wisconsin`s corrections population is 104,000 with many in half way house and county jails and county prisons that are not counted.

    • Lawrencia

      Scott Walker will be the next Governor to have a mug shot.


    Actually, Rick Perry has never won more than 40 percent of the vote when he ran for Governor, there were so many candidates in the race, last time he won by 39 percent

    • Jim

      Thank Kinky Freidman, this time he’s been hired to make sure the Ag Commissioner is a republiscum.

  • Sam

    Only 3% of Texans would chose Rick Perry as presidential candidate.
    But the majority of republicans in Texas will defend and excuse his abuses of power.
    That ranges from trying to steal land from ranchers for a super highway he sold to Spain contractors to his wife sitting on the board of half dozen abortions clinics for profit while making women jump through hoops to exercise their civil control their own reproductive organs.

    • Kelly Roberts

      It’s actually his sister, not his wife.I

      • Sam

        thank you for clearing that up.

        My bad as many sites are saying his wife but now the pieces are fitting together.
        That provides Rick Perry’s sister’s company an opportunity to move into a new field, one where poor women can be charged an exorbitant rate for a desperate procedure.
        I Expect abortions in Texas to continue, just at 2 times the previous going rates.

      • Kelly Roberts

        No bad here! She is actually on the board of directors of the ASC abortion provider, has huge investments in it, and was a lobbyist for them (I believe) at one time. Come September when the rest of the horrific, draconian Texas HB2 goes into effect,the majority of abortion clinics in this state will close even though most of them have already had to go out of business… with the exception of the ones pRick’s sister represents, of course! Only 3-4 clinics in the entire state will remain in business to serve the 2nd most populace and largest area state in the union!! Thankfully, there are challenges in the courts now!! Nepotism really pays off when your brother is the governor and can pass laws or push for laws that force your competition out of business!! I’m quite invested in this particular issue as a Native Texan, a woman, and a mother of daughters!! I’m online almost daily to dispel the RTL (Right to Life) lies and shed light on the truth of this subject!! Governor Oops had no altruistic motives to pass this bill… as in, protecting women and “the sanctity of life” as he’s touted for forever! It was greed, plain and simple!! The medical community even argued ceaselessly that this bill did absolutely NOTHING to protect women, that the measures were not going to make abortion any safer for women or improve “continuity of care” for a procedure that was already overwhelmingly safer than even a colonoscopy or wisdom teeth removal but would only serve to make women more desperate and force them into black market procedures that would likely kill some of them!! pRick successfully funneled almost all profits to his sister AND made reproductive healthcare decidedly more dangerous for impoverished and generally non-white women and communities although white women are affected by it too!

  • Bryan Foster

    The problem being that the state is Republican so It doesn’t matter what an idiot he is he was re-elected three times.

    • Kelly Roberts

      Four actually. He’s been governor for 14 years. Also, only about 20-25% of the state actually self-identifies as conservative or Republican. That’s hardly an overwhelming majority but they do get out and vote. With gerrymandering taking liberals/Democrats political voice out, there is hardly incentive to actually go out and vote in a state that has ALWAYS been a low voter turnout state anyway! I’m hoping that will change in November and the terminally disenfranchised voters will show up en masse to the polls!!

  • Eg Kbbs

    Well rather than watching a president’s favorability rating sinking while they are in office, doesn’t it make sense to elect Perry with an already low rating ? /snrk

  • Gregory Mead

    Serious question. Howinhell did he win multiple terms as governor if he’s so unpopular? Is his unpopularity recent? Do Repubs hold their noses and vote for a Repub over a Dem no matter what?