Can Texas Stay Republican In 2012?

Governor Perry Even With President Obama In New Poll

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Speculation for the 2012 Presidential election is underway and one poll is showing how President Obama would fare in Texas.

Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, surveyed Texas voters earlier this month.

Voters gave President Obama a 42% approval rating for his job performance. Some 55% disapproved of his performance in the White House.

In contrast, voters gave Governor Rick Perry a 42% approval rating for his job performance and 50% disapproved of Governor Perry’s work.

Texas is facing a budget shortfall between $15 Billion and $27 Billion, depending on which political party you listen to.

Pollsters then asked voters who they would select if the candidates for President next year were Mr. Obama or Mr. Perry. Voters were split at 45% for each politician.

In a head-to-head race, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin garnered 47% support in the poll compared to President Obama’s 46%.

The poll found other Republicans wildly popular. In head-to-head races, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee gathered 55% of the poll’s support, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 48% support and Mitt Romney at 49%. Mister Obama’s support ranged between 39% and 43%.

“At the end of the day, it’s unlikely even the most unelectable Republican loses Texas in even the largest re-election landslide scenario for President Obama,” Dean Debman, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a news rlelease.

To view the complete results from the poll, click here.


One Comment

  1. Byron Stuckey says:

    Bravo! A clear recommendation for Texas as not only the best economic environment in the nation, and the best place to live, but also the most informed and intelligent populace!!!

  2. RussP says:

    The best answer to this is “it depends”. If Mr. Obama can turn the economy around and make the corrections to the health care bill to where most people see a benefit from it, Texas would probably be ready to shift to democratic rule no matter what type of job Mr. Perry does. If on the other hand, the economy continues to be bad and the health care policy ends up being an expense to most people, Texas will most likely stick with the republicans. It’s not a good fact but the approval of the president seems to have too large an impact on the races for other government offices.

  3. ryan says:

    Republicans know nothing about what the people want, just about what they want..

    1. Texas Technoman says:

      No, it’s not what they (the GOP) wants…it’s what the their corporate benefactors (the ones that fill their campaign coffers) want. They would listen to the people, if they donated enough money!

  4. Michael Scott says:

    That’s what she said!

  5. Just wanted to say that I am eployed at a big Pharmaceutical corporation in Clayton NC and I endroce Barack Obama with all my heart. I encourage all my friends and colleagues to re-elect Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA

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