Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been making a steady stream of appearances outside Louisiana as he tests the waters for a presidential run, but a new poll shows the governor’s approval rating back home at what’s described as an “all-time low.”
The poll, released Tuesday by the Baton Rouge-based Southern Media and Opinion Research, found 31.8 percent of respondents viewed Jindal’s job performance favorably, while Jindal’s negative job rating hit 64.7 percent.
The same firm found Jindal’s approval at 40.9 percent positive in December, with 57.6 viewing him favorably.
The state-wide poll was conducted May 5-9 with 600 likely voters across Louisiana. It has a margin of error of +/-4 percent.
The poll found President Barack Obama is similarly unfavorable in Louisiana — but not as bad as Jindal. About 42.1 percent of respondents gave Obama a favorable job rating, and 57.3 percent negative.
On the state budget crisis, only 17.4 percent of respondents said they prefer state employee layoffs and other cuts in funding, as compared to 67.4 percent who prefer that the state seek out ways to raise revenue.
Other highlights from the poll:
- Religious freedom: The poll found a slight majority of Louisiana residents (50.9 percent) oppose legislation that would allow businesses to refuse service for same-sex couples.
- Same-sex marriage: A majority of respondents oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 34.1 percent said they support. Another 13.5 percent was unsure. Republicans were more likely to oppose (71.6 percent), while voters under 35 years old were the only demographic group that had a majority support for same-sex marriage (51.8 percent).
- Common Core: The majority of Louisiana voters (53.6 percent) oppose the use of Common Core education standards here.