Gallup: The candidate with the highest favorable rating among Republicans is … Ted Cruz?

posted at 7:21 pm on January 8, 2016 by Allahpundit

Is it unfair to put a question mark in that headline? Cruz fans will say, “What’s so surprising about it?!” But look — it is surprising. A politician’s favorable rating is typically treated as a measure of his personal likability, and Cruz is not known as a guy to whom people easily take a shine the way they do to, say, Ben Carson or Marco Rubio. Cruz is aware of this too, cleverly joking at the CNBC debate on October 29th that he might not be the candidate you’d most like to have a beer with but he’ll get you home safe if you let him be your designated driver. His endless grandstanding can be off-putting even to people who agree with him on policy up and down the line. People who don’t agree with him on policy, from the left all the way over to centrists in the GOP, tend to treat his name as a curse word. The 2013 effort to defund ObamaCare and ensuing shutdown continues to look more like an early campaign commercial for Cruz than a fully-baked strategy to accomplish the stated goal. He can be hard to like — but that only makes these numbers more impressive. It takes an unusually deft politician to overcome a likability problem so thoroughly that he’s topping even a candidate with easy charm like Rubio on a metric like this. Rich Lowry has a smart piece out this week arguing that, for all the hype, Cruz is less a rigid ideologue like Barry Goldwater than he is a shrewd if personally awkward maneuverer like Richard Nixon. There’s something to that.

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I still can’t quite believe that Cruz is ahead of Carson and Rubio on a test of pure likability, but a pol’s favorability rating is actually a bit broader than that (even though the two are often equated). Whether you view a politician “favorably” depends, after all, on more than whether you think he’s charming or a swell joe. His policy positions play into it; trustworthiness does too, which is why Carson always scores high. I think whatever Cruz lacks in personal likability is being made up for in his smart triangulation plays on policy, staying between Rubio and Paul on foreign policy and between Rubio and Trump on immigration (although he’s drifted to Trump’s right lately). He won’t go along with Trump in calling for Muslims to be denied entry to the U.S., but he also won’t go along with the centrists in demanding that Trump be condemned. Unless you’re far towards the center of the party, there’s something for you to like in Cruz’s stances on any subject.

And of course, the perception created from the debates that Cruz is highly intelligent and therefore would govern competently goes a long way in building trust in him even among righty skeptics. WaPo looked at RCP’s national polling averages and noted this morning that he seemed to really start to take off after the CNBC debate on October 29th of last year. (Coincidentally, the same debate at which he delivered the designated-driver line.) You can look at the trend lines yourself; it’s hard to deny their conclusion and the follow-on point that the Paris attacks a few weeks later seemed to destroy Ben Carson by sending his voters stampeding towards Cruz. One curious quirk, though: Rubio also rose after the October 29th debate, at roughly the same rate Cruz did, and was less than a point behind Cruz in the national average on December 8th. But then he started to fall off while Cruz kept climbing. I’m not sure why. My best guess is that Christie was inching up around the same time, siphoning off some votes from Rubio, and then the big immigration punch-up with Cruz at the December 15th debate pushed Rubio down further. That’s something worth looking at more closely given the prominence of immigration in the primaries.

The other big takeaway from Gallup’s data is the decline of Jeb Bush. Believe it or not, Jeb was at 54/27 favorability in late July; five months of war with Trump later, he’s at -1, worst among all top-tier candidates. Note the change over time among men, specifically:

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You could speculate that the downturn was due to Republicans growing more aware of his centrist record, but there’s really nothing here to support that. He’s down dramatically among moderate/liberal GOPers (a big part of Trump’s base) as well as with conservatives. And the issues on which Jeb is most famously centrist, immigration and Common Core, haven’t really been huge liabilities for him. Common Core has remained a minor issue in the primary and it’s Rubio who’s taken most of the heat on immigration. The simpler explanation for Jeb’s downturn is that he’s succeeded, more or less, in his master plan to force voters to choose between him and Trump — and most of them have chosen Trump. Republican men, in particular, give Trump high marks in poll after poll. Probably not coincidentally, Bush does far worse with them than he does with Republican women. (The alpha male/beta male dynamic between Trump and Jeb may have special resonance with men. Who knows.) What you’re also seeing here, though, is further evidence that more goes into favorability than mere personal likability. I think Bush is personally likable; he’s smart and mild-mannered when he’s not forcing himself through a new attack. But he comes off as hapless against Trump, and the dynastic/donor baggage he comes with might have crushed him even if Trump hadn’t run. Even so, among all the surprises of this year’s race, the idea that Ted Cruz might be polling first in favorability in early 2016 while Jeb Bush is polling dead last ranks right up there with Trumpmania among the biggest.

If you missed it earlier this week, here’s Cruz telling a DACA recipient that no, she doesn’t get to stay in the U.S. once he’s president. More reason for Republicans to respect him. We’ll see, perhaps, whether general election voters feel the same way.


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Phony poll.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Good.

Basilsbest on January 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Cruz Control. Get On Board!

Buckshots on January 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Gallup: The candidate with the highest favorable rating among Republicans is … Ted Cruz

Of course.

Cruz has never failed to win an opinion poll at Hot Air.

jaime on January 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Cruz fans will say, “What’s so surprising about it?!”

Cruz Fan here.

I’m shocked.

portlandon on January 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Gallup. Is that the polling outfit who predicted that Romney was going to win Ohio? That poll.

they lie on January 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Compared to the others, I can see that. He hasn’t attacked anyone, run a clean campaign and isn’t complaining all the time.

portlandon on January 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Watching Trump on live stream in rock Hill, SC. He is great with crowds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee_0iHH77M8

they lie on January 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Smug little preachy H1B loving traitor. Can’t stand looking at Cruz’ insolent CoC grin. He’s Huckabee with a spanish name.

Even Trump’s hair is not that bad.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Slick Teddy is an illegal alien. Trump will deport him on Day 1!

ShainS on January 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Excellent. Truly excellent.

M240H on January 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Rubio seems a bit slick. And I’m trying to say that as a regular observer, not a shafted Florida voter. I think Cruz not going after other candidates is smart and he appears thoughtful. I hope this trend continues.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Trump rally in SC. https://youtu.be/ee_0iHH77M8

Magicjava on January 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Cruz has a 77% familiarity rating and 61% like him.

Trump has a 94% familiarity rating and 59% like him.

Trumps almost topped out on likability.

Even if Cruz splits the remaining 23% unfamiliarity 50-50, Cruz will be in the 70% likability.

Go Cruz!

portlandon on January 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Ted Cruz is not American though. He should be deported back to Canada.

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

For the DACA person, leave before you get a ban on re-entry. Then apply and get in line.

Constitutionalist on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Politicians from Texas are all sellouts and traitors. Name one that isn’t.

From Bush to the texas house speaker, to Cornyn to Perry to Hutchison to Cruz.

Nobody sells out like Texas. If Texas controlled their border, we wouldnt have an illegal alien problem.

States should be able to sue Texas for damages.

Texas, the destroyer of America.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

The only republicans that don’t like Cruz are the establishment types and there aren’t really all that many of them.

And, of course, he’s roundly hated by liberals, which is great.

I can see this poll as at least possible.

trigon on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Ted Cruz is unhinged.

-yeb

SpongePuppy on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Smug little preachy H1B loving traitor. Can’t stand looking at Cruz’ insolent CoC grin. He’s Huckabee with a spanish name.

Even Trump’s hair is not that bad.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

I seem to be out of dry vermouth, could I get some of your tears for my martini?

M240H on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

I find it hard to believe he is the number one person myself. But i am certainly glad it is the case. It makes him far more electable. Go Cruz.

Constitutionalist on January 8, 2016 at 7:37 PM

And Trump’s just 2 points off! He went from unfavorable to favorable in record time and fashion.

And, I thought Gallup vowed not to poll yet? I saw it on Drudge some weeks ago…

Aslans Girl on January 8, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Well yeah, because he has triangulated the crap out of the party.

TBSchemer on January 8, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Let’s all keep our eye out for a puppy for the Cruz girls.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

And Trump’s just 2 points off! He went from unfavorable to favorable in record time and fashion.

And, I thought Gallup vowed not to poll yet? I saw it on Drudge some weeks ago…

Aslans Girl on January 8, 2016 at 7:38 PM

LOL. Look at the net favorability numbers. Trump is nowhere near Cruz.

TBSchemer on January 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Somebody please check on GaryinAz66. It’s not like him to have 247 Cruz bashing comments with endless links by now.

portlandon on January 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

100% behind Ted Cruz as he has stood time after time for me without regard for his personal political advancements. He is the real deal and has proven it time after time.

trs on January 8, 2016 at 7:42 PM

This is interesting indeed.

I would expect the typical Democrat-Media-Complex reaction.

RED ALERT!

A Conservative people like!

DESTROY HIM NOW!

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 7:44 PM

GO OUTSIDERS!

OUTSIDER/OUTSIDER 2016!

The last outsider on the ballot was Reagan, so I’m not too picky right now.

kakypat on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Yes, but did Cruz’s mother ever sing the Canadian national anthem?

Eleven on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Ted Cruz is not American though. He should be deported back to Canada.

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Time to find another talking point.

SDN on January 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Most national polls in December had Cruz number 1 in favorability. This is not the first poll showing this.

KMav on January 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Trump getting standing ovation from crowd.

Magicjava on January 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

That just gave a few people a heart attack.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Time to find another talking point.

SDN on January 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM

It’s obviously forged. Probably crafted by a moose to implant a canuck as an American president.

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Protesters at Trump rally, but cameras not swinging around to show them. They don’t want to show the size of the crowd.

Magicjava on January 8, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Yuge.

Oxymoron on January 8, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Politicians from Texas are all sellouts and traitors. Name one that isn’t.
From Bush to the texas house speaker, to Cornyn to Perry to Hutchison to Cruz.
Nobody sells out like Texas. If Texas controlled their border, we wouldnt have an illegal alien problem.
States should be able to sue Texas for damages.
Texas, the destroyer of America.
rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Got two words for ya, and they ain’t “Happy Birthday.”

john1schn on January 8, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Trump getting standing ovation from crowd.

Magicjava on January 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Duh, he is a celebrity… Entertainment is his thing.

Constitutionalist on January 8, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Texas, the destroyer of America.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

You said it yahoo. Those damn Texans.

I’m not sure what to make of this until the other rabid idiot, garya$$69, blows his spew.

cozmo on January 8, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Watching Trump on live stream in rock Hill, SC. He is great with crowds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee_0iHH77M8

they lie on January 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Are there any YouTube clips of Cruz in front of more than a couple of dozen people?

Joseph K on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Ted Cruz is not American though. He should be deported back to Canada.

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Your rationale for that is…?

Oh, wait, you’re listening to democrats, right?

sheesh…

john1schn on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Yes, but did Cruz’s mother ever sing the Canadian national anthem?

Eleven on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Alright, I laughed out loud at that. :)

. . . you will be spared when my people come for your planet.

Axe on January 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Texas, the destroyer of America.
.
rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

.
You said it yahoo. Those damn Texans.

I’m not sure what to make of this until the other rabid idiot, garya$$69, blows his spew.
.
cozmo on January 8, 2016 at 7:59 PM

.
. . . : )

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

One curious quirk, though: Rubio also rose after the October 29th debate, at roughly the same rate Cruz did, and was less than a point behind Cruz in the national average on December 8th. But then he started to fall off while Cruz kept climbing. I’m not sure why. My best guess is that Christie was inching up around the same time, siphoning off some votes from Rubio, and then the big immigration punch-up with Cruz at the December 15th debate pushed Rubio down further. That’s something worth looking at more closely given the prominence of immigration in the primaries.

I think Rubio’s challenges, and decline at that time, had far less to do with Christie’s ‘inching up’ (and it’s inching), and far more to do with the immigration dust-up and Rubio’s Gang of 8 history.

I personally think that many observers and pundits, particularly of the ‘professional pundit’ class, are more than a little myopic in just how important an issue immigration is in the GOP primary process – – despite what polls might say about the ‘most important issues we are facing today’.

Let’s remember it was the conservative base of the GOP that in 2005-6 went to the mattresses to prevent Bush’s comprehensive immigration reform. Those same people are not only just as adamant about preventing an Obama-Democrat-GOPe comprehensive immigration reform now, but castigate the GOPe Congressional leadership for their refusal to directly oppose Obama’s executive amnesty program.

Athos on January 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

Yes, but did Cruz’s mother ever sing the Canadian national anthem?
.
Eleven on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

.
Alright, I laughed out loud at that. :)

. . . you will be spared when my people come for your planet.
.
Axe on January 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

.
And the smiles keep comong . . . : )

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

“coming” . . . &!%$!!@#

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Favorability ratings are for the Stuart Smalley’s (i.e. Jeb Bush) of the GOPe to feel better about themselves. Kind of like everybody gets a trophy for losers in the Presidential campaign

Brock Robamney on January 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Ted Cruz is not American though. He should be deported back to Canada.

Flapjackmaka on January 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Better plan, we annex western part of Canada (everything west of the Soo)

We win

They win

Citizenship issue is moot

And best of all we finally have 57 states

halfbaked on January 8, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Watch the clip.
Cruz is empathetic, soft-spoken, but firm and direct.

Look up some of the clips where he deals with hecklers – they look ready to sign onto his campaign by the time he gets done.
I loved the Princess Bride schtick — so did a lot of people.
I loved the filibuster and the Dr Seuss ad — do did a lot of people.
He is being cool and hip and we aren’t used to that from Republicans.
And the designated driver line was spot on.

Cruz control.

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Favorability ratings are for the Stuart Smalley’s (i.e. Jeb Bush) of the GOPe to feel better about themselves. Kind of like everybody gets a trophy for losers in the Presidential campaign

Brock Robamney on January 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

But Bush is in last place in favorability. So even when he is supposed to get a trophy he won’t.

KMav on January 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

Oh yeah, Give the Canucks Puerto Rico as a consolation prize

halfbaked on January 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Remember when he handled Ellen Page? She left looking dazed and schooled.

KMav on January 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Total bull poll. Don’t care for his personality and Cruz has no real world experience. No experience balancing budgets, firing people, managing tens of thousands of people, explaining quarterly performance, and foreign relations and intelligence experience. What I see is another “Hope and Change” first time Senator. We already have one, and he failed. Fiorina is who the US desperately needs to get the economy going, and to tame DC. I am a very Conservative Social and Fiscal conservative and veteran so don’t tell me who I should like.

leader4hru on January 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

And on top of that, the Fox News national poll released today has Cruz destroying Hillary 50-43 head-to-head.

If you don’t want to vote for Cruz, that’s fine, but stating that he’s unelectable as reason is just silly.

Stoxtrader on January 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

It wouldn’t be fair to praise Trump’s poll numbers, and then poopoo Cruz’s, so congratulations on the poll, and we’ll see who wins the only polls that count.

DFCtomm on January 8, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Trumps almost topped out on likability.

portlandon on January 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Certainly no evidence of that. With each story of terrorism, or crime committed by illegal aliens, his likability will grow.

DFCtomm on January 8, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Jebito hasn’t quite reached my personal net favorability rating: -100.

TXUS on January 8, 2016 at 9:01 PM

It would be my honor to vote for Ted Cruz.

Truth Gun on January 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Yes, but did Cruz’s mother ever sing the Canadian national anthem?

Eleven on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Well, I’ve sung both “O Canada” and “Jose can you pee?”. So what?

MichiCanuck on January 8, 2016 at 9:36 PM

I’m surprised you found Jeb “personably likable,” “smart and mild-mannered.”

He’s a spoiled rotten, world class boor. His only qualification is that daddy has political connections and money. If he got elected, he would be a one termer and we would not see another Republican in the White House for ages.

He needs to read the tea leaves and, well, leave.

sixchickensleft on January 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Cruz is the total package. No one else comes close.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Yes, but did Cruz’s mother ever sing the Canadian national anthem?

Eleven on January 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

I’m sure that ‘Team Grayson/Trump’ is still digging – they will let us know soon.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Unsurprising: except to Salem/Hotair and the Bush campaign.

orangemtl on January 8, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Not sure how anyone could be surprised he’s ahead of Rubio right now.

1) Rubio outright lied to the people who elected him
2) Rubio has been doing a lot of negative campaigning recently where he comes off as petulant
3) Rubio is co-sponsoring a bill to legitimize rape culture on college campuses right now.

He’s the guy you think is going to be the most likable?

boone on January 8, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Heard Carville say just the other day he was impressed that Cruz has made so few campaign mistakes so far. Didn’t say he liked him or would vote for him but he acknowledged his respect for hiw he was running his campaign.

Just thought you’d like to know.

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2016 at 10:43 PM

“Endless grandstanding?” You mean standing up for the issues his constituents put him in office to? The hell is wrong with AP these days. I know he’s always teased about being a candy ass RINO but through the years I’ve read him he never really struck me that way…at least not entirely. But this election cycle… Wow.

Binky1138 on January 8, 2016 at 11:11 PM

I agree, not many mistakes, and a good thinker, my problem with Cruz is his loyalties, I think his anti-establishment act is FAKE and he’s as establishment as the rest of them.

As evidence, I cite his support for legal status for illegals, his support for TPP and H1B expansion, and expansion of legal immigration, and votes for the Corker/Iran sellout.

All of which he’s tried to lie about, and then walk back when his lies were called out by the base, but has done nothing to make it clear he’s switched from the dark side on these issues.

Even Lindsey Graham is with us on “bortion and gu-uuns” …

He talks a lot of Jesus and the Bill of Rights, and he calls McConnell names, which is nice, but when the rubber meets the road he’s down the line establishment.

Trump is more of a patriot than Cruz is. Trump has lost business and money, by standing up for the American people and the middle class, Cruz has just lied about betraying us and preached.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 11:16 PM

Plus he’s a Texas Senator, and a Bush admin guy. Nothing good ever came of a Texas Senator, or a Bush Administration anything.

Ever.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 11:28 PM

It would be a good investment of effort to make it clear to the Republicans in the Senate–who have been about as useless as a baseball stat book is to Murray Chass since getting the majority last November–that if Cruz wins the nomination and they react by sabotaging him to the benefit of Pantsuit Nixon, they will be declaring war on their constituents and can expect to be primaried into nonexistence upon their next time in front of the voters. Enough is enough.

M. Scott Eiland on January 8, 2016 at 11:32 PM

We need that anyway, the Senate is a toilet of corruption, but first and foremost we need the executive to stop destroying the country, as Bush and Ogabe both did.

Cruz is small help in this, bc he comes from the toilet of corruption in the Senate, plus he’s from Texas, where treason against the middle class is a way of life.

rightwingyahooo on January 8, 2016 at 11:39 PM

I think Rubio’s challenges, and decline at that time, had far less to do with Christie’s ‘inching up’ (and it’s inching), and far more to do with the immigration dust-up and Rubio’s Gang of 8 history.

I personally think that many observers and pundits, particularly of the ‘professional pundit’ class, are more than a little myopic in just how important an issue immigration is in the GOP primary process – – despite what polls might say about the ‘most important issues we are facing today’.

Let’s remember it was the conservative base of the GOP that in 2005-6 went to the mattresses to prevent Bush’s comprehensive immigration reform. Those same people are not only just as adamant about preventing an Obama-Democrat-GOPe comprehensive immigration reform now, but castigate the GOPe Congressional leadership for their refusal to directly oppose Obama’s executive amnesty program.

Athos on January 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

I don’t disagree with this, but I think we also need to consider the effect of Rubio grandstanding with his “opposition” to the Ryan/McConnell/Reid/Pelosi omnibus, and then at the end of the day not even bothering to show up to cast a vote against it. It just further exposed him as a pandering GOPe hack who will say anything to grab a few votes, and then do the exact opposite when it suits him.

Gator Country on January 9, 2016 at 12:06 AM

Some of us might not share AP’s shock at these results, because we don’t share the love of another (unnamed but guess who) candidate.

The poll was not a poll of the Republican establishment. Maybe they don’t love them some Cruz, but people don’t share the disdain of the powers that wanna be, sorry. Iowa’s not exactly an easy crowd and they like him just fine.

But what’s more interesting is the unfavorable numbers. Bush and Trump are up there at 45% and 35% and that’s not a good sign for either. Those numbers are also paired with high “familiarity” numbers meaning there aren’t a lot of new votes out there for either.

The whole “frontrunner” facade with Trump is just that. He’s pretty much got all his votes. He’s universally known and not liked by a substantial chunk of people who will never vote for him. Other polling even indicates a super-majority of voters who would be embarrassed for him to be President of their country.

If that is even close to true, it’s mystifying why people serious about taking back the nation are so quick to criticize Cruz. Oh, and calling him another Nixon is just lazy analysis, or an effort to find a buzz word to elicit an emotional response. Seriously amateurish.

IndieDogg on January 9, 2016 at 12:32 AM

Best one yet

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2016 at 12:37 AM

What’s the margin of error? Seems to me that Carson & Trump are within that.

I like Cruz. I’d vote FOR him instead of against the (D). I’d even send in some bucks if he was the candidate.

And I like Trump for different reasons. I think together they’d be YUGE.

ProfShadow on January 9, 2016 at 2:12 AM

Nice to have evidence that the more people are exposed to Cruz, the more they like him.

Also… isn’t the vindictiveness of the Trump for Emperor gang something to behold? The CDS is strong with them.

Jumpintimmy on January 9, 2016 at 2:27 AM

Cruz!

cmsinaz on January 9, 2016 at 6:52 AM

The GOP is Cruzin’

Get on board folks!

MJBrutus on January 9, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Sorry, but Ted Cruz is just too liberal for me… Especially since he won’t defend traditional marriage and the life of the unborn.

ceruleanblue on January 9, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Trump vs. Cruz, and Handyman Irv

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/trump_vs_cruz_and_handyman_irv.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Let’s put Ted Cruz in the White House, folks.

Pork-Chop on January 9, 2016 at 7:50 AM

Fiorina is who the US desperately needs to get the economy going, and to tame DC. I am a very Conservative Social and Fiscal conservative and veteran so don’t tell me who I should like.

leader4hru on January 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

I like Carly. I hope Cruz makes her his bureaucracy czar.

Occams Stubble on January 9, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Phony poll.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

dickless comment

Younggod on January 9, 2016 at 8:22 AM

“Endless grandstanding?” You mean standing up for the issues his constituents put him in office to? The hell is wrong with AP these days. I know he’s always teased about being a candy ass RINO but through the years I’ve read him he never really struck me that way…at least not entirely. But this election cycle… Wow.

Binky1138 on January 8, 2016 at 11:11 PM

I did a double take on that one as well. It isn’t grandstanding if you’re standing on principle.

As for AP being a candy-ass RINO, I think the source of that criticism is the same as the ridiculous posts above calling Cruz a sellout and a phony. For a lot of people here, you’re either perfect in their eyes or you’re on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, there’s no in between. You see it most on the subject of illegals. If you’re not for mass deportation, you’re an amnesty shill.

Occams Stubble on January 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

If you’re not for mass deportation, you’re an amnesty shill.

Occams Stubble on January 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

By jove I think you’ve got it.

Younggod on January 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Total bull poll. Don’t care for his personality and Cruz has no real world experience. No experience balancing budgets, firing people, managing tens of thousands of people, explaining quarterly performance, and foreign relations and intelligence experience. What I see is another “Hope and Change” first time Senator. We already have one, and he failed. Fiorina is who the US desperately needs to get the economy going, and to tame DC. I am a very Conservative Social and Fiscal conservative and veteran so don’t tell me who I should like.

leader4hru on January 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Have you even seen Cruz’s resume?

(from Wikipedia) Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz was the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate deputy attorney general at the United States Department of Justice, and domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush on the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic, and the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history. Cruz was also an adjunct professor of law from 2004 to 2009 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

That’s way more job history than Obama could ever claim to have.

TMOverbeck on January 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Even my socialist Bernie Sanders supporting brother-in-law conceded to me that Cruz is the most intelligent candidate running for president.

The only other thing we agreed on is that Donald Trump is an ignorant clown and an embarrassment to our country.

DRayRaven on January 9, 2016 at 10:58 AM

I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s sarcasm in these comments and what’s just bat-sh!t crazy talk. Anyone have a universal translator?

jnelchef on January 9, 2016 at 11:07 AM

There’s something smarmy about Ted Cruz. Every time I see him in an interview, I get lawyerly vibes, which makes sense given his background. However, I feel like I’m listening to a male Republican version of Hillary Clinton — not in substance, but in style. Does he ever answer a question directly?

Trump’s platform is crystal clear, but it’s insincere and contrived to appeal to the Republican base. Well, I’ll give him credit for doing what Rand Paul couldn’t bring himself to do. When Trump’s not being a clown, he’s actually substantive relative to certain issues.

I know he’s slippery too, but in a field of imperfect candidates, Rubio’s still my man. Of the Republicans running this cycle, he’s the one I believe can win the general election.

The Bringer on January 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Other polling finds that Cruz is almost everyone’s second choice and Trump is almost no one’s second choice. Maybe that is why Cruz beats Hilary convincingly in a one on one and Trump doesn’t.

fight like a girl on January 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM

I would like to know what rightwingyahoo is smoking? Trump has given up money and business for his country? You cannot be that stupid. You must be high or drunk. Trump has USED the system to crush ordinary Americans. And then he bragged about it.

fight like a girl on January 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Allah is the new Noah.

The way he wrote this was very obvious. He does not understand, he cannot understand.

Triangulation, lol. Positioned? LMAO. Perception (..) he is intelligent. Now you’re throwing stones.

Look Noah, I mean Allahpundit…

Ted Cruz walked the walk in Highschool. He was with a group of friends who memorized the Constitution.

He walked the walk (And in debates talked the talk) in University arguing for conservative values.

He was there in the Courts working for conservative justices because he walked the walk.

When he worked for Bush as the FTC Policy man he walked the walk, he passed more free market reforms and went after government monopolies.

When he was arguing in the Supreme Court he stood for his values the whole time.

This is not a triangulation, this is not a strategy. All his life he has been conservative. All his life he has adored the Constitution. All his life he has also worshiped Christ our Lord.

OregonPolitician on January 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

I will not vote for him. He looks so creepy.

Republigal on January 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Trump’s biggest political blunder to date was to attack the race’s only true conservative. Not only was the attack baseless and unnecessary, it’s focus was that of allegiances, which is what ‘natural’ born is all about.

Let’s take a look at trump’s political allegiances with his 4 political party renouncements.

voiceofreason on January 9, 2016 at 12:37 PM

I remember back in 2012 when Cruz was a no-name running against the all powerful next in line Ruling Classer David Dewhurst.

NO ONE gave him a chance.

Palin endorsed him, he worked his behind off and people like Mammy and I sent him money to compete.

Only on three issues have I EVER had a problem with his positions on the issues.

And he has endured WITHERING CRITICISM from the gop establishment / Ruling Class.

And he stood firm.

He’s waffled a couple of times in my eyes but he has 95% of the time been THE CONSERVATIVE CONSTITUTION LOVING candidate we (in our house at least) have been hoping for.

We are still PROUD to support Ted Cruz.

#americafirst2016

PappyD61 on January 9, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I think he’s smart and charming – never have understood the issue.

Knott Buyinit on January 9, 2016 at 10:43 PM

I also supported him with donations when he was running for the Senate in TX.and I live in Ohio…proud to say I have had my Cruz 2016 bumper sticker on since 2014…I feel that he is our best hope to help us save our beloved Country!!Hard to understand some of the really “vile” comments..I have a lib friend who says..she actually would vote for him..but she doesn’t like his…nose..Geesh!! that is the sort of “mentality” that can vote….

Xango Annie on January 10, 2016 at 2:50 AM