A Rasmussen poll finds Americans rate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz behind Pope Francis and President Obama among the most influential people in the world.
That’s pretty heady company for a junior senator most Americans had probably never even heard of until he made stopping Obamacare in its tracks the chief goal of the Republican Party. Cruz was the driving force behind the 16-day government shutdown over Obamacare in October that pushed the Obama administration into showing itself at its most vindictive – so far at any rate.
The pope got 23 percent of the vote, Obama 21 percent and Cruz 11 percent.
Coming in behind Cruz on the poll of 1,000 Americans were noteworthies like Edward Snowden (8 percent), the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to Russia after leaking details about the NSA worldwide cyberspying program, and Russian President Vladimir Putin (4 percent).
Lower down on the list were House Speaker John Boehner, and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (3 percent each).
And for everyone who wondered how Miley Cyrus ranked but is afraid to ask out loud, it was 2 percent. (She beat Syrian President Bashar Assad, entertainer Kenye West and acquitted neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman).
Check out the poll here: