The latest from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 47 percent of Texas voters approving of Cruz and 41 percent disapproving, an indication that his name recognition has gone up this year. In June, PPP found 42 percent approving of Cruz and 36 percent disapproving.
PPP also found that Cruz is the overwhelming choice of Texas Republicans for the 2016 presidential contest. Thirty-two percent of GOP voters in the Lone Star State said they want the freshman senator to be the party's nominee in 2016, easily outpacing the rest of the field.
PPP's findings run in contrast to a Brigham Young University survey last month that showed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Cruz's partner in the movement to defund Obamacare, suffering a decline in popularity among Utah voters.