Ted Cruz clenches top spot in latest GOP primary poll
Not all that shocking following Ted Cruz’s 21+ hour speech railing against the President’s health care law, a new poll released today from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows the Texas Senator leading the 2016 field among Republican primary voters.
Report from the Washington Times:
Fresh off his 21-hour filibuster against Obamacare funding, a new poll shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has leapfrogged past his potential rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and that GOP primary voters trust him more than their party leaders on Capitol Hill.
The Public Policy Polling survey found that 20 percent of those surveyed supported Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, while 17 percent supported Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 14 percent supported New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and 11 percent supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“Ted Cruz this week established himself as the grassroots hero of the Republican party,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. “The party has more faith in him than their more official leaders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.”
Mr. Cruz has climbed eight percentage points in the poll since July – thanks in large part to strong support from people who identified themselves as “very conservative” and who support a government shutdown by a 75 percent to 10 percent margin.
Still a fairly soft lead at only 20% but it does show that Cruz’s stock has risen eight points since the last poll released by PPP in July.