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Perry Popularity Drops in Texas After Primary Campaign Flop

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Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Governor Rick Perry’s aborted presidential bid led more Texans to view him unfavorably after his campaign performance damaged the state’s reputation nationally, pollster Micheline Blum said.

Perry’s approval rating sank to 42 percent among registered voters from 51 percent a year earlier, Blum said, citing a Jan. 21-24 poll of 669 voters by her company, New York-based Blum & Weprin Associates. Newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News paid for the survey. Blum has polled in Texas for more than 20 years. The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

“A lot of Texans thought he gave the state a black eye with his campaign,” she said today by telephone. “2014 is a long way away, but a majority now doesn’t want him to run for re-election.”

A presidential poll taken a week earlier by the Public Policy Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, showed Perry’s support among likely Republican primary voters in Texas falling to 18 percent from 49 percent in September. The institute surveyed 559 Republicans in the state Jan. 12-15 and the results had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

“Governor Perry leads based on his conservative philosophy and what is best for Texas jobs and quality of life, not poll numbers,” Ray Sullivan, a spokesman, said by e-mail. Perry quit the Republican presidential primary campaign Jan. 19.

The governor may seek re-election in two years in the second-biggest U.S. state by population or run for president again in 2016, if President Barack Obama wins a second term, Sullivan said.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Mildenberg in Austin, Texas at dmildenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

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