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A poll released Thursday brought historically bad numbers for Republicans, but it also marked the return of a conservative faction largely unseen since the 2012 campaign.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found an all-time low approval rating for the GOP, but some on the right have sought to "unskew" the numbers.

According to NBC's Mike O'Brien, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who engaged in his own bit of unskewing earlier this week, noted that the poll was "heavily weighted with an awful lot of Democrats":

Mike O'Brien ✔ @mpoindc

Cruz goes #unskew. Asked about NBC/WSJ numbers, he says: "I'll note that that poll was very heavily weighted with an awful lot of Democrats"

Forty-three percent of the poll's respondents identified as Democrats while 32 percent identified as Republicans, but partisan compisition is something that constantly fluctuates.

Still, Cruz wasn't the first person on the right to express skepticism toward the poll. National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring pointed out on Twitter that the poll's composition differed from the 2012 electorate: