US Elections 2016: Ted Cruz Aces Poll For Presidential Hopefuls

US Elections 2016: Ted Cruz Aces Poll For Presidential Hopefuls
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Support for the presidential bid of Ted Cruz has increased from 5 to 16 percent over a month following his official announcement of candidacy last week. The surge in support has made Cruz one of the three candidates in the top tier of GOP candidates, along with Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, Public Policy Polling or PPP announced.


Cruz Grabs Voters from Walker

Walker still leads the poll at 20 percent, but the number has been down from his previous standing at 25 percent a month ago, PPP said. Bush followed with 17 percent, followed by Cruz with 16 percent, Ben Carson and Rand Paul with 10 percent, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee with 6 percent, then Chris Christie with 4 percent and Ricky Perry with 3 percent.

PPP said the surge in support for Cruz was due to how the “very conservative” shifted to his side after the announcement of candidacy. He now leads the GOP field with 33 percent to 25 percent for Walker and 12 percent for Carson. Walker used to have the lead, but a decline was observed as “folks moved toward Cruz.” Republican voters now recognize Cruz’s name to as much as 82 percent from 61 percent.

According to PPP, Carson and Huckabee are already losing ground. Support for Carson dropped from 18 percent to 10 percent. Support for Huckabee was at 10 percent before Cruz came to the picture. Now, support for Huckabee decreased to 6 percent.

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“This contest is starting to bear some resemblance to the 2012 Republican nomination fight. A couple of months ago Ben Carson was the hot thing in the field, now Ted Cruz is and Carson’s support is drying up. It’s very reminiscent of the boomand bust we saw with various candidates four years ago. And Jeb Bush remaining steady as others rise and fall is also similar to how things went for Mitt Romney went that cycle,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement.

View PPP’s polling in details.

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Anti-Obama Platform

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart news, Cruz said if he gets elected as president, he will first and foremost ‘undo’ all of president Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

“In January 2017, we will have a new president and if I am elected president, the very first thing I intend to do on the first day is rescind every single unconstitutional or illegal executive action from President Obama,” Cruz told Breitbart News.

“Every illegal executive action that he puts in place can be undone in an instant by the next president through the same mechanism. The proper avenue for creating law in this country is not unilateral decree. It is rather passing legislation through Congress that is signed into law by president pursuant to the dictates of the Constitution,” Cruz went on.

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