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Vitter gets high GOP favorables but Louisiana about 1/3 voters still not familiar

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If favorability vs. unfavorability scores of the candidate for Louisiana governor were the determinative factor, how would the candidates for Louisiana governor rate?

 According to the recent survey from the Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL), Vitter’s favorability among all voters are +15, Dardenne +21, Angelle +13 and Jon Bel Edwards +5.

Among Republicans, Vitter’s favorables among Republicans are 62 and 49 among Independent voters.  Dardenne scores 37 favor and 30, Angelle hits 25 and 18, respectively.

However, familiarity of the candidates is not very high.  A majority of the voters claim to not have enough familiarity to offer an opinion about Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Sen. John Bel Edwards.   Vitter also has room for growth as 28 percent remain unfamiliar with him although he is serving his second term as US Senator. 

"Additional findings about what Louisiana voters think about this year’s election include:

  • With his greater name recognition, Vitter continues to lead in both the percent of voters with a favorable opinion of him (45%) and the percent with an unfavorable opinion (30%).
  • Struggling with name recognition, the remaining candidates follow. Dardenne: 29% favorable and 8% unfavorable; Angelle: 18% favorable and 5% unfavorable; and Edwards: 13% favorable and 8% unfavorable.
  • Dardenne leads in net favorability (favorable minus unfavorable) at +21, followed by Vitter (+15), Angelle (+13), and Edwards (+5).
  • Even as opinions of the candidates have shown little change, there has been a steep rise in the share of Louisiana residents who think the state is heading in the wrong direction. This share rose from 45% in January to 59% in July. It reaches 62% among registered voters. So far, no candidate has built an advantage among these disgruntled voters.
  • About half of voters (52%) identify as conservative, including a third of Democrats.
  • At this stage of the campaign, voters do not see wide ideological differences across the four major candidates. On a seven point scale where one means “very liberal” and seven means “very conservative,” voters on average place all four of these candidates close to a four (“moderate”) or five (“somewhat conservative”)."
Bayoubuzz Staff

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