After Cancún trip, Ted Cruz will probably never see the White House

by | Feb 24, 2021 | Politics, Winter Storm

New polling this week shows that the trip Sen. Ted Cruz took to Cancún amid a catastrophic snowstorm in Texas may be the political blunder that ends his dream of becoming president.

The recent national survey of registered voters by Morning Consult and Politico found Cruz has a favorability rating of only 25 percent and an unfavorability rating of 55 percent. 

The same poll found that only 14 percent of registered voters have heard “nothing at all” over Cruz’s Cancún escape.  

The new polling shows an even further decline in Cruz’s approval when compared to another Morning Consult poll of registered voters conducted in the wake of the Capitol attack in January. 

At the time, 29 percent of registered voters had a favorable view of Cruz and 47 percent had an unfavorable view. 

The consistently dim nationwide polling probably means the end for Cruz and his long-standing dream of becoming president. 

“Look, I hope to run again,” Cruz told the Christian Science Monitor in 2019. “We came very, very close in 2016. And it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”

While Trump had some of the highest unfavorability ratings ever seen in a presidential candidate, according to Gallup, his approval rating never dipped below 36 percent on the campaign trail. 

So it’s safe to say that unless Cruz magically makes American voters forget about his infamous reputation, he’ll have to remain satisfied with being the junior senator from Texas. 

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at

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