After Perry’s reasonably graceful exit from the GOP primary, he’s back in Texas. Turns out, Texans aren’t too happy about it. His approval rating is now sitting at a 10 year low of 40 percent. Thats three points lower than President Obama’s 43 percent approval rating.
As predicted from the get go, Texans are pretty peeved that Perry rolled our state’s reputation around in the mud with his own. According to the Dallas Morning News, one of the papers that commissioned the poll, 45 percent of those polled believe the state’s image is worse than it was before Perry’s fledgling attempt to run for president.
“His actions have made it look like people in Texas are absolute fools,” said Joel Moore, a poll respondent. “I always thought he was foolish and then the more he talked, the more doubt he removed.”
Well said, Joel. Well said.
Ray Sullivan, Perry’s longtime aid and spokesman, said that Perry did no such thing.
“During the governor’s presidential campaign, he spoke proudly about Texas’ best-in-the-nation jobs record, his six balanced state budgets, and our state’s fiscal responsibility, all which reflect positively on Texas citizens, communities and employers,” Sullivan said.
Well, 45 percent of Texans disagree with you, Sullivan. From the constant reminders he gave that he was wearing boots, to the string of nonsensical words strung together to form lackluster sentences in the debate, Perry seemed to reinforce every negative stereotype that exists about the Lone Star State. And this how it’s coming back to bite him in the keester.
While Sullivan said another run at governor is an open option for Perry, an even larger percentage than those that disapprove of the man don’t want him to run for reelection – in fact, it’s a majority. 53 percent checked the “no” box, including 41 percent of republicans and 35 percent of those who voted for him in 2010. But what really matters is this: Those that really don’t want him to run are the people that do the most voting. More than 60 percent of those aged 50 plus, and 59 percent of those with incomes over $100,000, and 75 percent of those with advanced degrees.
No one thought his campaign would go well. After he jumped into the race post his “will I? Won’t I?” game of chicken with the American public, bumbling debates and less-than-knowledgeable views of the national government sent him quickly for failure. And now that failure has come back to haunt him in his home state.
Can I get an “oops”?