According to Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz isn't doing bad in the polls — the polls are skewed. An NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday shows that the GOP currently has a 24 percent approval rating. Ted Cruz specifically has a 14 percent approval rating. But as the Texas senator told NBC News' Kasie Hunt on Friday, those numbers aren't accurate: "If you seek out liberal Obama supporters and ask them their views, they're going to tell you they're liberal Obama supporters. That's not reflective of where this country is."
Cruz refuses to believe that the poll is representative, because about 20 percent of the respondents are government workers. Mike O'Brien explains that according to pollsters, that percentage is normal. "Government workers" encompasses everyone from military members to teachers (Cruz took "government workers" to mean "people working for the president"). Even so, Cruz alleges that the poll was heavily weighted with Democrats. Hunt points out that the poll was conducted by two campaign pollsters, one Republican and one Democrat.
Before the NBC/ Journal poll came out, Cruz went ahead and paid a GOP polling firm to conduct a poll for him. Cruz's poll shows that Republicans aren't faring well in the shutdown, necessarily, but they're doing better than they did in the 1995 shutdown. According to the Washington Examiner, "By a margin of 46 percent to 39 percent, voters blamed Republicans for the shutdown over 'Obama and Democrats.' Another 15 percent are undecided about who to blame." Cruz's poll did not ask respondents whether they approved of him, specifically. The Texas senator presented his findings to congressional Republicans at a closed-door luncheon on Wednesday.
Cruz's suggestion that the polls need to be un-skewed is awfully reminiscent of Mitt Romney's beliefs ahead of the 2012 election. That did not seem to work out for Romney.
Cruz does have some good news, however. He told Hunt he wants to provide "relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting." Not from the shutdown, though. Those Americans are hurting because of Obamacare.
You can view Hunt's interview with Cruz below.