A new Rasmussen Reports poll says 54 percent of Louisiana voters disapprove of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s job performance, and respondents here also are more critical of the federal Affordable Care Act than voters nationwide.
The survey’s findings released Thursday focus primarily on Louisiana’s heated U.S. Senate race, which will be decided in a Dec. 6 runoff, but also offer insight into Louisiana voters’ views in other areas.
Only 35 percent of voters view the federal health care law favorably, while 60 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of it. About 58 percent of Louisiana voters disapprove President Barack Obama’s job performance, while 40 percent approve — also below the national average.
Meanwhile, Louisiana voters are significantly more favorable to the Keystone XL pipeline than the nation as a whole.
The release from conservative-leaning Rasmussen also notes: “Voters also continue to complain about the performance of GOP Governor Bobby Jindal.”
In September, the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling of North Carolina reported low approval of Jindal in Louisiana.
The PPP poll put Jindal’s job approval rating at 34 percent — up slightly from the 32 percent the same polling outfit found over the summer. About 68 percent of respondents said Jindal, who is weighing a run for the Republican presidential nomination, definitely should not run for president in 2016.
Rasmussen’s poll actually puts Jindal’s approval higher at 43 percent, with 15 percent saying they “strongly approve.” A USA Today/Suffolk University poll also found Jindal’s favorability at 43 percent in October.
Jindal has consistently said he doesn’t care about polls.
“I don’t care at all about poll numbers,” he said during an appearance on Meet The Press this weekend. “I never have. The reality is, I was elected in Louisiana to make generational changes.”
On the U.S. Senate race, Rasmussen’s poll puts Republican Bill Cassidy with a 15-point lead over Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu — 56 percent to 41 percent, two weeks out from Election Day.
Read more about the poll and its findings here.