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John Georges "Seriously thinking" about running vs. Jindal For Louisiana Governor
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John GeorgesWill Democrat John Georges run against current Louisiana Governor, Republican Bobby Jindal?

According to Georges, “I am seriously considering it over the next two days.”  

 That is what he told me by telephone late this afternoon after I received a press release (below) from his pollster, Verne Kennedy:

Georges ran against Jindal in 2007 but lost.  At that time, he ran as a Republican. 

Should Georges run, it will be a battle of the “money titans”.

Georges, who owns a billion dollar company, Georges Enterprise, can self-finance his campaign although when he ran for Mayor in the recent New Orleans election, he received a substantial amount from outside contributors.

Jindal has been very active in raising money both inside and outside the state and according to various reports, he has over 8 million dollars in his campaign fund.

So far, Jindal has no competition who possesses the type of money that can run a statewide campaign or a person with statewide competition.

Georges also told me that he really did not expect the positive poll results but since it came back according to him showing that he could beat Governor Jindal, he will be very busy over the next two days.

A recent poll paid for by the Louisiana Republican Party and performed by SMOR shows that Jindal has regained his popularity which had dropped this past year.  

For now, it is the battle of the polls.  After Thursday afternoon, it could be the battle of the candidates for Governor of Louisiana. 

We will wait and see.

by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com

Verne Kennedy Press release:

According to a recent Louisiana survey conducted by Dr. Verne Kennedy, Bobby Jindal could be defeated in the upcoming election for Governor if faced by a viable opponent.  The survey of 600 likely voters completed August 29th through September 1st shows that favorable opinion of Jindal is 49% with 31% of voters saying they held an unfavorable opinion. 

When voters were asked a standard re-elect question which read:  “In an election for Governor held today would you want to see Bobby Jindal re-elected or would you prefer that someone else be given a chance to do better?” 46% said they wanted Jindal re-elected but 42% wanted someone new with 12% uncertain.  When uncertain voters were redistributed based upon African-American history of voting for Democrats and uncertain white voters giving an incumbent no more than 50% in a competitive race, results were 51% Jindal re-elected and 49% prefer someone new. 

The survey contained a ballot question pitting Bobby Jindal against businessman John Georges.  Results were Jindal 51%, Georges 31%, and 18% uncertain.  When uncertain voters were redistributed results were Jindal 57% and Georges 43%.

One survey question included a background statement about John Georges citing his experience and business and creating jobs, service on the State Board of Regents,  history of donating millions to charities including schools, and Georges’ previous campaign for Governor in which he put up millions of his own money.  The statement also noted Georges' pledge to eliminate income taxes for anyone over 65, not take a salary until the unemployment rate in Louisiana is cut in half, and his intention if he runs to do so with his own money.

Following the description of John Georges, voters were again asked which candidate they prefer for Governor.  Survey results were Jindal 39%, Georges 40%, and 21% uncertain.  When uncertain voters were redistributed, results were Georges 52% and Jindal 48%. 

The attached survey results include survey questions through the trial heat between Georges and Jindal following a summary of John Georges’ background.  Questions following these which tested voter opinion on specific issues are not included in the attached results.  Kennedy pointed out that issues questions were asked after the re-election and trial heat questions.  Issue questions therefore could not have an impact on voter opinion because voters had not heard this information before responding to the attached questions. 

Questions concerning this survey should be addressed to Dr. Verne Kennedy at 850-384-7040 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SURVEY NAME:       LOUISIANA STATEWIDE SURVEY

SAMPLE SIZE:          600 LIKELY VOTERS

FIELD DATES:          AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

JOB NUMBER:         11146                                                                          TOPLINES 

Hello, my name is ______________________ with Market Research Insight, a nationally recognized public opinion polling firm.  We do not sell anything.  Tonight/Today, we are conducting a public opinion survey among Louisiana voters. 

Are you or anyone in this household employed in:

The news media?                                                       (IF YES, POLITELY TERMINATE)

An advertising or public relations company?              (IF YES, POLITELY TERMINATE)

Is or works directly for an elected public official?      (IF YES, POLITELY TERMINATE)

1.         In which Louisiana Parish do you live?  (PROBE)

NIELSEN DMA

Alexandria

5%

Baton Rouge

19%

Lafayette

14%

Lake Charles

5%

Monroe

11%

New Orleans

34%

Shreveport

12%

2.         Would you say things in Louisiana are moving in the right track and getting better, or off on the wrong track and getting worse?  (CONTINUE WITH...)  Do you feel strongly about that?

DIRECTION OF LOUISIANA

Strongly Wrong Track

16%

Wrong Track

11%

Staying About The Same

29%

Right Track

36%

Strongly Right Track

8%

 

Total Wrong Track

27%

Total Right Track

44%

 

3.         What do you consider the single major problem facing Louisiana now?  (PROBE)

MAJOR PROBLEM FACING LOUISIANA

Lack of Jobs, Low Wages, Loss of Industry

40%

Education, Lack of Funds for Schools

13%

Poor Leadership, Government Corruption

9%

Crime, Drugs

7%

Government Spending, Budget Cuts

6%

Economy, Inflation, Gas Prices

5%

Road Conditions, Traffic, Lack of Infrastructure

3%

Oil Spill, Drilling Ban

3%

High Taxes

2%

Lack of Affordable Healthcare

2%

Poverty, Welfare Abuse, Government Programs

2%

No Problems

2%

Coastal Erosion

1%

Levees, Hurricane Protection

1%

 

Uncertain

2%

Other

3%

 

4.         As I read a list of names, please tell whether or not you are familiar with each name.  If you have never heard the name just say so.  (RANDOM ORDER) The first/next name is Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.  (IF RECOGNIZE, ASK…)  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

JAY DARDENNE NAME RECOGNITION

No Recognition

27%

Favorable Recognition

28%

Neutral Recognition

36%

Unfavorable Recognition

10%

 

Total Awareness

73%

Hard Opinion Recognition

38%

Ratio Favorable/Unfavorable

2.8:1

5.         The first/next name is Jefferson Parish businessman and former candidate for Governor John Georges.  (IF RECOGNIZE, ASK…)  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

JOHN GEORGES NAME RECOGNITION

No Recognition

49%

Favorable Recognition

19%

Neutral Recognition

28%

Unfavorable Recognition

3%

 

Total Awareness

51%

Hard Opinion Recognition

22%

Ratio Favorable/Unfavorable

6.3:1

 

6.         The first/next name is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  (IF RECOGNIZE, ASK…)  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

BOBBY JINDAL NAME RECOGNITION

No Recognition

0%

Favorable Recognition

49%

Neutral Recognition

20%

Unfavorable Recognition

31%

 

Total Awareness

100%

Hard Opinion Recognition

80%

Ratio Favorable/Unfavorable

1.6:1

7.         The first/next name is Plaquemines Parish President and candidate for Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.  (IF RECOGNIZE, ASK…)  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

 BILLY NUNGESSER NAME RECOGNITION

No Recognition

38%

Favorable Recognition

26%

Neutral Recognition

29%

Unfavorable Recognition

7%

 

Total Awareness

62%

Hard Opinion Recognition

33%

Ratio Favorable/Unfavorable

3.7:1

 

8.         The first/next name is former candidate for the United States Senate Suzanne Haik Terrell and she was Commissioner of Elections.  (IF RECOGNIZE, ASK…)  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of her?

SUZANNE HAIK TERRELL NAME RECOGNITION

No Recognition

57%

Favorable Recognition

10%

Neutral Recognition

23%

Unfavorable Recognition

10%

 

Total Awareness

43%

Hard Opinion Recognition

20%

Ratio Favorable/Unfavorable

1.0:1

9.         In an election for Governor held today would you want to see Bobby Jindal re-elected or would you prefer that someone else be given a chance to do better? 

RE-ELECT BOBBY JINDAL GOVERNOR*

 

All

Voters

 Uncertain Voters Distributed

Re-Elect Bobby Jindal

46% 

51%

Elect Someone New

42% 

49%

 

Uncertain

12%

--

*Uncertain voters were distributed based on history of African-American voting against Republicans and white uncertain distributed based on history of uncertains voting for incumbents.

10.       In an election for Lt. Governor held today, would you want to see Jay Dardenne re-elected or would you prefer that someone else be given a chance to do better?   

RE-ELECT JAY DARDENNE LT GOVERNOR*

 

All

Voters

 Uncertain Voters Distributed

Re-Elect Jay Dardenne

30% 

44%

Elect Someone New

34% 

56%

 

Uncertain

36%

--

*Uncertain voters were distributed based on history of African-American voting against Republicans and white uncertain distributed based on history of  uncertains voting for incumbents.

11.       As you may know, 2011 is a major election year in Louisiana for Governor, other statewide offices, the State Legislature and many local offices.   That election is less than two months away.  For Governor which candidate do you prefer (ROTATE ORDER) Bobby Jindal, a Republican or John Georges, a Democrat?

TRIAL HEAT GOVERNOR*

 

All

Voters

Uncertain Voters Distributed

Bobby Jindal (R)

51% 

57%

John Georges (D)

31% 

43%

 

Uncertain

18%

--

*Uncertain voters were distributed based on history of African-American voting against Republicans and white uncertain distributed based on history of uncertains voting for incumbents.

12.       John Georges is a 50 year old Jefferson Parish businessman who built a billion dollar grocery business called Imperial Trading and created over thousands of jobs. He served on the State Board of Regents the governing board of higher Education under Edwin Edwards and Governor Mike Foster for seven years and ran for Governor last time against Bobby Jindal as an Independent and put up millions of dollars of his own money. He pledged not take money from anybody with a state contract.  He pledged to eliminate income taxes from anyone over 65 years old and produced the Georges Plan for Louisiana.  He donated millions of dollars to charities including schools, universities and churches.  He pledges to not take a salary until the unemployment rate is cut in half and people are back to work.  Once again he pledges to put up his own money.  He was the only major candidate to sign the blueprint for Louisiana.

Knowing this, which candidate do you favor for Governor between (ROTATE ORDER) Bobby Jindal, a Republican or John Georges, a Democrat?

JOHN GEORGES IS A JEFFERSON PARISH BUSINESSMAN

WHO BUILT A BILLION DOLLAR GROCERY BUSINESS

 CALLED IMPERIAL TRADING AND CREATED THOUSANDS OF JOBS*

 

All

Voters

Uncertain Voters Distributed

Bobby Jindal (R)

39% 

48%

John Georges (D)

40% 

52%

 

Uncertain

21%

--

*Uncertain voters were distributed based on history of African-American voting for Democrats and white uncertain distributed based on history of undecided voting for incumbents.

Thank you, that completes the opinion section of the survey.  Now, a few questions for demographic purposes and we’ll be finished.

13.       Regardless of how you are registered to vote, do you think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?  (IF INDEPENDENT, ASK…) Do you lean more toward thinking of yourself as a Republican or a Democrat?

POLITICAL SELF IDENTIFICATION

Democrat

33%

Independent Democrat

7%

Completely Independent

17%

Independent Republican

9%

Republican

34%

 

Total Democrat

40%

Total Republican

43%

14.       What is your age?

VOTER AGE

18-34 Years

13%

35-44 Years

19%

45-54 Years

22%

55-64 Years

23%

65 & Over

23%

15.       What is the occupation of the head of this household?  (IF RETIRED OR DISABLED, ASK…)  What did he or she do before that?

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD OCCUPATION

Professional

11%

Sales, Clerical, Technical

49%

Labor

37%

Other

3%

 

16.       Do you consider yourself a Born-Again or Evangelical Christian?  (IF YES, ASK…) In a typical month, how many times do you go to church?

EVANGELICAL CHURCH ATTENDANCE

Not Evangelical

55%

Less Than 4 Monthly

13%

Four Times or More

32%

17.       And, your gender is male or female?  (CONTINUE WITH...)  Are you employed outside the home?

GENDER AND EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Employed Male

32%

Not Employed Male

15%

Employed Female

28%

Not Employed Female

26%

18.       In addition to being American, what do you consider to be your main ethnic background?

ETHNIC BACKGROUND

African-American

26%

Ethnic Majority

72%

Hispanic

1%

Other

0%

This concludes our survey.  Thank you for your time.

END

 

 

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