Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a backseat on the stages where Republican Party stars campaign for Bill Cassidy.
Potential GOP presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio, of Florida, along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and tea party favorite Dr. Ben Carson, of Maryland, have all come to Louisiana to rally voters to U.S. Rep. Cassidy’s effort to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Dec. 6 runoff.
Part of the reason could be found in a poll released this week that shows Jindal has a net favorable rating of 20 percent among New Hampshire voters and net unfavorable rating of 21 percent, according to the survey of 989 likely Granite State voters by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and Bloomberg Politics website.
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, walks with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during a campaign stop in De Witt, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo)
Of the visiting GOP dignitaries, only Carson had a lower favorable rating at 19 percent but his net unfavorable rating was 10.
Jindal told Meet the Press last week, when asked about his current unpopularity in Louisiana, that he doesn’t care about polls.
New Hampshire holds the first presidential primary vote, Jan. 26, 2016, and if it was held today, Mitt Romney, who the GOP standard bearer in 2012, would be the overwhelming favorite among Republican primary voters, with 30 percent, the poll showed.
Jindal came in near the bottom with 3 percent of the vote, but ahead of Perry, who had 2 percent.
If Romney is not in the field, then Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are ahead at 16, Jindal and Perry trail the field with 4 and 3 percent, respectively.
Tom Rath, a former New Hampshire attorney general and longtime primary watcher who supported Romney in 2012, was quoted in the Saint Anselm press release accompanying the poll as saying the early polling is certain to change in the coming months, as local coverage of the primary is added to the mix of what has been mostly national coverage. Rath said that the “center-right” part of the potential candidate lineup is still unformed.
Jindal’s presidential numbers are only marginally better in Iowa, where the first inkling of voter preference for presidential candidates is found when the parties hold caucuses on Jan. 18, 2016.
Jindal had a 41 percent favorable rating in Iowa and a 14 percent unfavorable, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of 425 likely 2016 Republican caucus goers conducted in October. He was the first choice of 1 percent of the likely caucus goers and as the second choice for 4 percent.
Next month, Jindal will make his fourth trip to Iowa of the year.