Democratic firm Public Policy Polling has a counterargument of sorts to the national poll released Tuesday night showing Perry near the top of the pack among Republican presidential candidates.
In a poll of 795 Texas voters from June 25-27, Raleigh, NC-based PPP found that Perry would lose to President Barack Obama 47-45 in the state, with 8 percent of voters undecided. Republicans fare better in Texas with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Texas Congressman Ron Paul on the ballot, in both cases leading Obama by single digits. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
Polling director Tom Jensen warned on the organization’s blog Wednesday that Democrats shouldn’t get too excited by the results, explaining that "the vast majority of undecideds in all of these match ups disapprove of the job Obama is doing."
The same poll found that Bachmann is viewed most favorably among Texans while Palin has the highest unfavorables. Only 33 percent of Texans think Perry should run for president, while 59 percent said he shouldn’t.
Also of note is how a respondent feels about the idea of secession correlates to their support for Perry in the White House.
"In the matchup between Perry and Obama, secessionists support Perry 73-19 while those who want to stay in the US support Obama 56-37," Jensen wrote.
Full poll results are here.