Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s popularity remained unchanged from SMOR’s November poll. In the latest survey, Jindal received an overall positive job rating of 55 percent, the same as the fall, while his negative job rating rose 1 percentage point higher to 44 percent.
“The governor doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing reelection this fall, especially without any real challenger so far,” said pollster Bernie Pinsonat. “But his approval ratings are the same as the fall and have actually gone down over the course of his term. That’s significant, considering that Jindal is regarded as a reform governor.”
Pinsonat said that while voters had high expectations of Jindal and the Legislature, the latest poll results show that many voters feel those expectations are not being met.
“Legislators have generally followed the governor’s lead on many issues,” Pinsonat said. “But the poll shows that voters’ impressions of where the state is headed overall hasn’t really changed much.”
SMOR developed and conducted the survey that took place April 19-23 using telephone interviews with 600 randomly selected Louisiana voters on both landlines and cell phones. The overall margin of error is 4.0 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.
Among other poll results:
- In another sign of voters’ dissatisfaction with lawmakers, nearly 69 percent of respondents said state tax dollars were not being spent wisely.
- When asked about the cause of Louisiana’s budget crisis, just over 60 percent said it was too much spending. While respondents overwhelmingly opposed raising state income, sales and business taxes, 66 percent favored raising taxes on cigarettes.
- Nearly 60 percent of respondents said legislators acted in their own interest in the most recent effort to redraw congressional districts.
- Despite some complaints that it’s too costly for the state, the TOPS college scholarship program remains popular among Louisiana voters. Nearly 86 percent of respondents said the state should keep the current requirements for qualifying – a 2.5 grade point average and an ACT score of 20.
- Respondents were generally split on the issue of merging the University of New Orleans and Southern University’s New Orleans campus – 42 percent favored the move compared to 40 percent opposed.
- A year after last year’s massive Gulf Coast oil spill, the poll shows BP remains unpopular in Louisiana. A combined 65 percent of respondents said their overall impression of the company was somewhat or very unfavorable. When asked whether they trusted BP to pay for damages or if the government should hold the company accountable, 75 percent favored government involvement.
This survey was funded by Lane Grigsby in an effort to share the thoughts of the electorate with Louisiana elected officials. Grigsby has committed to underwriting a Louisiana voter survey biannually. For more information and to view the complete survey results, visit www.laplaintalk.com.
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