To answer the question directly, GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal might as well be Louisianas official high school quarterback.
But when youre at the top, as they say, theres nowhere to go but down. Just ask Jindal, whose superstar poll numbers are finally beginning to reveal that hes human after all and not some unstoppable political robot. In a poll released late last month by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, 66 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable opinion of the governor. Thats down from an August poll conducted by OnMessage and commissioned by the Louisiana Republican Party that showed Jindals favorable rating at 76 percent. Ed Renwick of Loyola University, a New Orleans pollster who conducted the WAFB survey, says Jindals on-again/off-again support for a legislative pay raise earlier this year is one of the likely culprits for the slight drop in his numbers. Renwick adds that Jindal is still enjoying a strangely unusual popularity for a sitting governor, despite the recent dip. For now, Jindal is safe and likely to remain the states top Republican. Nobody ever lost an election with 66 percent, Renwick says.