On Wednesday, the PPP survey’s numbers indicate that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s favorables in Louisiana is at the lowest and his unfavorables is at its highest since he entered the Louisiana political scene.
Mary Landrieu, who was having serious polling issues after her vote on the Affordable Care Act has rebounded and is now the most popular statewide government official.
These PPP numbers and other recent polls appear to correlate with one another in terms of trends, although the particular percentages and ranges differ.
As a result of the publication of the poll, e-questions to a spokesperson from PPP, Dustin Ingalls, to gather information for publication.
Here is the electronic interview:
What methodology was used? Was it automated? If so, are those as accurate as “live” call polls administer by a person rather than a computer?
All of our polls are automated. Our record of accuracy speaks for itself. We called the winner of every state we polled (19 of them) in the presidential election last year, and we also called all the Senate and gubernatorial races we polled. Our record has been better than a lot of the live interviewer polls in recent years.
Some in the media has described the PPP as a “democratic-leaning poll”. Is that a fair or unfair description?
We are a Democratic firm, but what that means is our private clients—the stuff that’s usually not released publicly—are Democrats and progressive organizations. It doesn’t mean we skew the numbers. In fact, our goal is to get things right because when we’re proven to be accurate, we get more clients and therefore make more money.
Your poll has Governor Jindal under 40 percent in favorable. 37 to be exact. Can you tell why he is doing so poorly? How does he compare to the other recent governors’ polls?
We didn’t ask any questions that get at why Jindal or any of the others are popular or unpopular, so it’s hard to say. But he’s certainly gotten a lot of bad press for his education policies beyond the state borders, so those could be unpopular within Louisiana as well.
Mary Landrieu, based upon your poll has a slight lead over Jay Dardenne. Some believe that no democrat can win a statewide election right now in Louisiana. I know there is a difference between a poll now and an election roughly two years away and much can happen, but based upon the poll numbers right now, why do you believe she is doing so well in the poll?
Dardenne would give Landrieu a run for her money, and part of her standing head-to-head with the other Republicans owes to the fact they’re not that well-known. It’ll probably be a competitive race, but I wouldn’t label Landrieu an underdog. The ground is still fertile for some Democrats like the Landrieus to do well statewide, and obviously from looking at Jindal’s numbers, just being a Republican doesn’t guarantee success either. We just put out numbers today showing Hillary Clinton doing well against Rubio and Ryan, looking ahead to 2016.
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