The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas have once again joined up to poll Texans about key issues affecting the state and what they think of some top officials.
The poll covers a number of leaders, races and topics. Today, they are focusing on congress officials, namely Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke. According to their data, Cruz is much better known among Texas voters, although more people have an unfavorable view of the incumbent than have a favorable view.
In O'Rourke's case, slightly more people have a favorable view of the candidate than have an unfavorable view. However, the candidate has much less name recognition, which can be both an advantage and a danger, according to Alana Rocha with the Texas Tribune.
Finally, the Texas Tribune Poll finds that President Trump remains highly popular with Texas Republicans nearly a year into his presidency. However, his popularity with Texas Democrats is remarkably low. The president got better marks from men than from women; and from white voters (55 percent) than from black (14%) or Hispanic voters (34%). Nearly two-thirds of Texas voters said the country is more divided since Trump became president and 56% of Texas voters don't think he has the temperament to be president.
The Senior U.S. Senator, John Cornyn has more unfavorable responses than favorable responses. And Congress proved to be the least liked of all the government branches with only 12% saying they approve the job congress is doing, while 69% disapprove. However, Texans have much more favorable views of the Texas legislature.