Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is proving to be no asset to anyone in the race for the governorship.
In a new poll by Triumph Campaigns, 30% of the electorate believes Louisiana is headed in the right direction, while 70% believe it’s headed in the wrong direction.
And even worse, Jindal currently has a 63% disapproval rating.
But, Jindal’s dissaproval among Democrats and Republicans in the state could have serious implications on conservative gubernatorial candidates like Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle.
In a head-to-head race for Governor, with a generic Democrat candidate vs. a generic Republican, the Republican candidate only leads by six points, 53% Republican to 47% Democrat.
That is far closer than any recent major statewide elections and could be an outcome of Republicans dislike for Jindal.
As for the gubernatorial race, it is more and more evident by Vitter and Jindal do not like each other.
Vitter leads the poll with 35 percent (23 percent definitely and 12 percent probably), followed by Edwards at 33 percent (16 percent definitely and 17 percent probably).
Dardenne runs third with 15 percent (8 percent definitely and 7 percent probably), while Scott Angelle trails with 7 percent (3 percent definitely and 4 percent probably). 11 percent of the voters surveyed said they were still undecided.
With a state budget crisis and the words “budget cuts” being synonymous with Jindal’s administration, Republicans in the gubernatorial race are destined to distant themselves from the current state of affairs.
The Truth Campaigns poll of 1,655 participants was conducted on March 5, 2015, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4%.