More than half of the voters in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District have a favorable opinion of GOP candidate Scott Angelle and would vote for him if the election were held today, according to a poll for which his campaign paid.
Angelle, who came in third in last fall’s gubernatorial election, and five others have said they would run in November to replace U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, the Lafayette Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Market Research Insight of Florida questioned 400 active voters in the 3rd congressional district in southwest Louisiana from April 18 to April 21 by landline and cell phone.
Seventy-two percent of those surveyed had incomes between $20,000 to $79,999, 74 percent were white, and 83 percent are over the age of 45.
Scott Angelle had a 52 percent favorable recognition among those surveyed. All the other Republicans in the race came in with single digit ratings.
Former Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann, who led the fiscal conservatives before having to leave the Legislature because of term limits, had an 8 percent favorable recognition.
Lafayette Republican Greg Ellison, who was in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years before founding Kitty Hawk Energy, showed 7 percent favorables.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Erick Knezek, a Republican, had 6 percent.
Former U.S. ambassador to East Timor, Grover J. Rees, a Republican, had 4 percent.
Republican Gus Rantz, president of Acadiana Management Group in Lafayette, had 3 percent favorable recognition.
When asked if the election were held today, 56 percent of those surveyed favored Angelle, 31 percent were unsure, Ellison came in second at 5 percent, 3 percent for Geymann, 2 percent each for Knezek and Rees, and 1 percent for Rantz, according to Angelle’s poll.
Angelle is one of five elected members of the utility regulating Public Service Commission. He also serves on the LSU Board of Supervisors. He was a close aide to former Gov. Bobby Jindal, serving as his secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and as interim lieutenant governor.
During the gubernatorial campaign, it was Market Research Insight that conducted the poll that first showed Angelle gaining ground on U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the Republican considered the prohibitive favorite. After a bitter campaign, in which Angelle and fellow Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne repeatedly called Vitter a liar; Democrat John Bel Edwards won the elections.