Poll: Texas voters shoot down a prez run for Perry
May 24th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Texas voters shoot down a prez run for Perry

(CNN) – While his name continues to be floated as a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Texas voters are saying no to a President Perry in a new poll.

According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, only four percent of Texas Republicans would support Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a bid for the White House.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads the pack of registered voters who expect to vote in the Lone Star state's GOP primary with 12 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul both received 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were tied with 7 percent.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman fell below 7 percent.

Since the poll was conducted, Huckabee, Trump and Daniels announced they will not run in the next election.

Although Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, says he will not run for president, he sometimes shows up on the wish list of Republican operatives.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner squashed the rumors Monday.

"Nothing has changed," Miner told CNN. "The governor has no intention of running for president."

The poll surveyed 800 registered voters between May 11 and May 18 and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.98 percent.

– CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. james Miller, a Texan

    I`m shocked the support is that high.

    May 24, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    WOW. Maybe he'll secede from Texas?

    May 24, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Jack in Florida

    You would think that they would support him, just to get rid of him as their governor.

    May 24, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Skokie

    Ouch his own people doesn't want him.

    May 24, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Scott F

    Let's vote for Rick Perry and Louie Gomer. Then we would have Dumb and Dumber. No wait I'm wrong that's Palin and Bachman! Wait, I'm wrong that's Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich!! No wait, I'm wrong that's the entire GOP, What a circus!! They juyst keep marching out the CLOWNS. Is Bozo next?

    May 24, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Michael

    The craziest thing is how this jerk keeps getting elected governor.

    May 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. MikeInSA

    Funny, the more liberal the source of the poll, the more likely it is to leave Herman Cain's name off of it.

    May 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. thomas

    PresidentI was hoping in my lifetime to see the first in the closet " Log Cabin " President from Texas in the White House .

    THANK YOU TEXANS , fool me once shame on you , fool me twice , shame on ?

    May 24, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Michael in Houston

    Rick Perry? Sure...lets watch the republican party continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel for candidates.

    May 24, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Palinwho

    Even Republicans are going to vote for Obama. 2012 is looking a like a cakewalk for Obama. Most of the states MCcain won in 2008 may go Obama.

    May 24, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Dave

    Maybe the people down there are starting to realize what a massive idiot Perry really is. I say he should go ahead and run. Obama will mop the floor with him.

    May 24, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    TX...where rational thought goes to die.

    May 24, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. rs

    After promoting secession, I would like to nominate Perry to run for President in some other country. He clearly isn't pro-America.

    May 24, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. JLR

    Governor good hair is losing his credibility fast. It's hard to campaign on a $25 billion budget shortfall.

    May 24, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, massive foreclosures, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare, Libyan war, unsecure borders, illegal alien invasion, alienated allies, embolden enemies

    Of course, they want to keep him as their very successful Governor! Texas is booming while others states are failing. Democrats should watch and learn! hahaha Very unlikely as they only know how to ruin and bankrupt states.

    May 24, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. fayse

    As a Texan, it embarasses me that Rick Perry is still in office. He and George W Bush are in part, responsible for making our State a laughingstock. As a kid, I was so proud to sing "Texas our Texas all hail our mighty State". Now hordes of undereducated idiots make me sad.
    As a senioir citizen I am also against the Paul Ryan disgraceful plan.

    May 24, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. fayse

    @Mr. hadenough. How wrong you are, the fact that Texas is now facing a shortfall of over $15 Billion is all over the news. He has already gutted the education system and for your information, the property taxes here are higher than they are in California and many other States.

    May 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. mb2010a

    Perry has won the governorship of Texas the last two times by default. There is always someone that runs as an independent who takes enough votes from his opponents for him to slip back in. Pity really. He has done nothing for Texas and is ruining our schools (44th in the nation). Texas was at its best when the Democrats ran the state.

    May 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    I live in Texas really just because my job is here and I have to admit as far as politics go this is NOT the sharpest blade in the drawer. Just look at what has come out of this state when it comes to politics...right wing nutsjobs, people that apologize to Big Oil compaines for making them pay for their mess. Louie Gommert for God's sake, and Rick Perry. Heck Sarah Palin would fit in just right down here. GW Bush was even better than Rick Perry. The last decent person in politics that came from Texas IMO was Ann Richards, after that it's been all downhill on BOTH sides of the spectrum.

    May 24, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. FM

    Charity begins at home. If the people who know him very well (in Texas) do not support him, how can it be the rest of the nation!!

    May 24, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So is it that you Texans love Rick Perry so much that you want to keep that secessionist down there, or do you really think his aptitude for the Presidency is somewhat less than the last mook you foisted on the rest of us (with the compliance of 5 Supreme Court members)? Of course, the Republicans in Massachusetts (all 15 of them) have said they will not support Mittens the Flip-Flop during their state's primary, either. What is it about Republican Governors (or former Governors) not being able to count on their own State for support in the National arena? Could it be that these folks usually manage to screw up a state's budget by lowering taxes but not offsetting it by lowering spending? What happened to the Balanced Budget requirements all the states are supposed to have?

    May 24, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. vet in texas

    GOP followers, here is how you pick a candidate, close your eyes while the candidate is speaking, and imagine that Obama is saying the same things. If Obama lies to you in your opinion, then what makes you think that Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, Ryan, Pawlenty, and the rest won't? I could answer that question for you, but you won't like it. First admit you made poor judgment when you voted for W not once, but twice, when you believed in Palin as what the party needs, when you thought that Trump was what we needed as president, because those choices, destroy any and all credibility that you have saying that Obama is the worst president that we've ever had. If Romney or Pawlenty is chosen as the republican candidate, than based on what you've been yelling about since 1/20/09 must be racially driven. How do I come to that conclusion? Because Romney and Pawlenty has stood for all the things that you've "stated" your so mad at Obama/Pelosi/Reid. No credibility and true feelings have been exposed. Just because you disagree does not make you a racist, but HOW you disagree says it all without speaking. Think about that for a second, honestly think about that based on who is selected this year.

    May 24, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    $22 million plus &1.3 million set aside to rebuild the Texas Governor's Mansion while Perry, his family, maids and cook live in another Texas mansion at the expense of taxpayers, Perry turned down stimulous money and touted about it during his campaign run for Governor then recently got it back, in the mist of some State's lost of life due to flooding President Obama stepped in give assistance and Perry made a comparison of wild fires in Texas where there was no loss of life to the same disaster. Perry is a spoiled brat and President Obama has had to spank him a few times to remind him to grow up.

    May 24, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. paul

    Oh no another Texan for President. We had enough disasters with Bush and Johnson. Maybe Rick Perry was right, Texas should cecede from the states and while doing that take with them, Oklahoma, Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee , Kentucky and Northern Florida. We would have a better country for this.

    May 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Lisa B

    OK that's two Repub candidates who couldn't even win in their own state. Pawlenty is the other. This is more good news for Obama.

    May 24, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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