by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Edwards has double-digit lead
Democrat John Bel Edwards holds a double-digit lead over Republican David Vitter in the race for Louisiana governor, according to two new polls.
A poll release Monday by JMC Analytics showed:
*Edwards leads Vitter 51-35%. Undecided 13%.
*When undecideds were asked who they were leaning to, the results were Edwards 54% and Vitter 38%.
*For Lt. Governor – Billy Nungesser (R) 45%, Kip Holden (D) 34% and 21% undecided.
*For Attorney General – Jeff Landry (R) 46%, Buddy Caldwell 25%, and 29% undecided.
The respected University of New Orleans Survey Research Center (SRC), which is non-partisan, conducted a statewide survey of likely voters between Nov. 2-8. Here are the results of the survey:
*Edwards leads Vitter 56-34% with 10% undecided.
*Nearly one-third of conservatives say they are going to vote for Edwards.
*One-fourth of Republicans say they are going to vote for the Democratic candidate Edwards.
*Nearly one-half of the voters who cast a ballot for Scott Angelle or Jay Dardenne plan on voting for Edwards.
*Gov. Bobby Jindal has a 70% disapproval rating.
*Three-fourths of voters who strongly disapprove of Bobby Jindal support Edwards in the runoff.
*Two-thirds of likely voters say Louisiana is headed in the wrong direction.
*Nearly one-half of respondents report that the state’s economy has worsened over the past year.
*Whites support Vitter 47-42% with 11% undecided.
*Blacks support Edward 90-5% with 5% undecided.
*Females support Edwards 57-31% with 12% undecided.
*Males support Edwards 56-36% with 8% undecided.
*Democrats support Edwards 92-5% with 3% undecided.
*Republicans support Vitter 59-27% with 14% undecided.
*Independents support Edwards 54-38% with 9% undecided.
Lt. Governor’s race
SRC also polled the race for Lt. Governor. It found that Republican candidate Billy Nungesser has a comfortable lead over the Democratic candidate Kip Holden, 49-39% with 12% undecided.
Support for these candidates fall along racial and partisan lines. Two-thirds of whites favor Nungesser, who is white, with three-quarters of blacks favor Holden, who is black.
Also, 70% of Republicans said they would vote for Nungesser while 70% of Democrats said they backed Holden. A majority of Independents support Nungesser.