Rick Santorum would win Texas in a landslide if the election were held today. A new poll from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune shows Santorum in the lead with 45 percent of the vote. His Republican rivals are grouped together below 20 percent. Newt Gingrich has a slight lead among the remaining three candidates with 18 percent, Mitt Romney has 16 percent, Ron Paul is in last with 14 percent.

Most voters surveyed said the most important quality in a presidential candidate is whether or not they can beat Pres. Obama. 49 percent of voters polled give the president a "very unfavorable" rating. All of the candidates beat the president in head to head match ups.

After electability, participants valued a candidate’s "standards and values." Most said they had a "very unfavorable" view of Newt Gingrich and of Mitt Romney, though more people chose this option for Gingrich than the percent who chose it for Romney. Santorum was the only candidate with his "favorable" rating out-scoring "unfavorable."

Pollsters also asked voters if they would vote for a Mormon candidate for president, 58 percent said yes.

The poll surveyed 800 registered voters from February 8-15. Most said they were "extremely interested" in politics and public affairs.