Ted Cruz is Popular in Texas

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz (R-TX) has ruffled some feathers since joining the Senate in January. Shortly, after President Obama unveiled his gun control proposals, Cruz dismantled arguments for the Assault Weapons Ban, calling it a “singularly ineffective piece of legislation” and slamming its proponents for misleading Americans.

He was one of three members to vote against John Kerry’s confirmation to serve as Secretary of State and he lead the charge against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, though he did cross a line in his questioning.

Cruz, who won the GOP nomination for Senate with heavy grassroots support against an establishment candidate, is seeing the benefits of his cavalier attitude back in the Lone Star State, according to a new poll:

Texas’s Junior Sen. Ted Cruz has been making some waves since joining the U.S. Senate, and it’s earning him solid poll numbers back home, a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey has found.

According to the poll, a majority of 39 percent of Texans view the tea party pol favorably, while 28 percent view him unfavorably and 17 percent either don’t know of him or claim to hold no opinion at all. That makes him more popular than the state’s senior senator, John Cornyn, who has been in office for a decade now.

When asked, only 32 percent viewed Cornyn favorably, and equal 28 percent viewed him poorly and 21 percent said they didn’t know, or had no opinion about the older Republican lawmaker.

Cruz, who recently called Obama the “most radical president we’ve ever seen,” recently told Politico that he didn’t come to Washington to preserve the status quo, explaining that he “find[s] it amusing that those in Washington are puzzled when someone actually does what they said they would do.”

And, of course, conservatives love Cruz’s style. And he’ll have a chance to endear himself further to conservatives as he will be giving the keynote address on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in what will no doubt be one of the most anticipated speeches of the weekend.

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