Two emotional topics took up plenty of oxygen this legislative session, other than the budget-—same sex marriages vs. religious freedom and Common Core.
The former received much local and national attention due to Governor Jindal’s pushing the issue during his speech to the legislature and his national attention he has attempted to grab for his presidential run. Likewise, the other area he talked about during his legislative address was Common Core. He has pushed that issue also on the campaign trail.
Regardless, for various reasons, there have been plenty of debate over both and the discussions could very well enter the various races across the state, just as it surely has been discussed in the main bout, the race to replace Jindal, the governor’s race.
Below is part 3 of an email interview with Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) on these matters.
On Thursday, we published two articles from the same interview. They are also below:
Religious liberty vs. same sex marriage has become a controversial issue this session due to many factors--including Governor Jindal's presidential run. No doubt it is very important to many voters however, the recent bill by Rep. Johnson and the recent executive order by Governor Jindal appear to be strongly opposed by many in the economic development, tourism and big business such as Dow and IBM. How much of a factor is this issue becoming in the governor's race compared that to another emotional issue, Common Core? Edwards is the only candidate to speak out against the bill and the governor's actions. Will that issue help or hurt the GOP candidates in statewide elections?
Common Core has a lot more political energy than same sex anything. Common Core is about parents and their children’s education. Very few political issues rise to intensity level of educating our children.
Education is and has always been one of the top five areas of voters concern in polling data. Most voters have an opinion on same sex marriages, but as of today it is not that important to them personally.
In red state Louisiana opposition to same sex marriages reaches slightly above fifty percent. Republican candidates for governor will not experience any significant backlash if they oppose gay marriage or favor Representative Johnson’s legislation. About two thirds of republican voters are not in favor of same sex marriages.
Common Core could be a non-issue in the governor’s election – if pending legislation eventually is passed by legislature. I would not expect same sex marriages to register in SMOR’s next survey as a systemic problem voter’s expect the next governor to spend considerable energy on.
With less than two weeks left in the Louisiana legislative session, no issue is more important than the $1.6 billion budget deficit. While there remains a possibility that the legislature might find enough money with the combination of revenue-raisers and budget cuts that would satisfy all parties involved, there is also the possibility that the legislature will defy Gov. Bobby Jindal and his allegiance to Grover Norquist of the Americans for Tax Reform --and approve a budget that raises taxes without a corresponding and equal cut in government spending.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:50
What could be more exciting than a Louisiana governor's race, statewide elections and the Louisiana Legislature wrapping up a little $1.6 billion deficit budget brawl?