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Governor Rick Perry told the Texas Tribune this week he is leaning on running for a fourth term for the 2014 governor race and possibly another shot at D.C. for 2016.

However, 39 percent of Texas voters said they would be likely to support him in 2014, 51 percent said they wouldn't, according to a University of Texas, Texas Tribune poll released Wednesday.

Perry is finally as poplar and as unpopular as he’s ever been, Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and director of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin, told the Tribune.

According to the Tribune, “There's more agreement on how the state looks as a result of Perry's unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination." Just 6 percent of respondents said the governor's presidential campaign helped the state's image, 55 percent said it hurt, and 30 percent said it had no effect. When pollsters asked that same question in October, 19 percent said Perry was helping the state's reputation and 37 percent said he was hurting it.

Answers for the economy were gloomier.

“While 29 percent said the country is 'somewhat' or 'a lot' better off, 39 percent said it was 'somewhat' or 'a lot' worse; 30 percent said things were about the same," according to the poll.

When asked about their personal and family finances, 20 percent said they were better off than a year ago; 34 percent said things are worse than a year ago. Nearly half — 45 percent — said things are about the same for their personal and family finances, according to the Tribune.

Dallas Morning News has already taken a stance that Texas needs new leadership. Their editorial board noted in a recent column Perry’s lack of achievements and allies in the legislature, as well as his inability to see needed reforms in school finance, transportation or juvenile justice.

One of their bloggers posted this week saying that if Texans really want to get rid of Perry, they should find an alternative, not wait for him to find another job.

Whoever it is, has high standards to beat. In 2010, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, supposedly "Texas' most popular Republican," fell short by 21 percent in her primary bid. Former Houston Mayor Bill White, supposedly a business-friendly moderate, fell short by 13 percent in the 2010 general election.

If you vote, would you pick Perry for a fourth run?