Despite months of vocal anti-Obamacare political maneuvering that culminated with a 21-hour televised talk-a-thon against the president's signature legislative achievement, the junior Republican senator from Texas is still unknown to most Americans.
In a new Quinnipiac poll, 58% of Americans said they didn't know enough about Sen. Ted Cruz to have an opinion.
Of those who did, 25% had an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party senator.
Only 16% favored him.
Other Republicans, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul both ranked as more popular and well-known in the poll; Paul lead the primary field for the 2016 presidential nomination among registered Republicans.
The poll was conducted Sept. 23-29th—Cruz's fake filibuster occurred within that time—and surveyed 1,497 registered voters by land line and cell phone.
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.5%.