U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has a negative net approval rating according to a new poll (PDF) from Raleigh-N. Car.-based Public Policy Polling. Thirty-nine percent of respondents approve Cruz’s job performance in the Senate and 48% disapprove.

Half of self-identified “Republican primary voters” would prefer Cruz be the party’s 2018 senatorial nominee, and 43% would prefer “someone else.” Former Gov. Rick Perry polls slightly ahead of Cruz, 46%-37%, in a hypothetical race, but Cruz is more than 20 points ahead of U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (51%-19%) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (49%-27%).

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