Louisiana Republican primary voters have yet to settle on a favorite in the 2016 presidential race, according to a July 8 survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is the choice of 19 percent of state GOP voters, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov.-turned-talk-show host Mike Huckabee weigh in at 17 percent apiece. Trailing all three is our state's governor, Bobby Jindal, with 12 percent.
The poll had little other good news for Jindal. In a hypothetical matchup with Hillary Clinton in a presidential election, Clinton led Jindal 48-44 percent — almost within the survey's 3.8 percent margin of error, but still disappointing for a sitting governor of one of the nation's most conservative states.
Only 32 percent of Louisianans approve of Jindal's performance in office, while 56 percent disapprove. And perhaps most worrying for the nationally ambitious Jindal: 72 percent of Louisianans who responded to the poll thought he shouldn't run for president, including 63 percent of Republican respondents.
Things weren't any better for Jindal in a Quinnipiac University national poll released the same day. Based on a survey of 1,444 voters in late June, Quinnipiac found Jindal scraping the bottom of a list of 12 Republican contenders for the presidential nomination, with 1 percent support. When a bipartisan group of voters was asked whether their opinions of Jindal were favorable or unfavorable, 59 percent said they "haven't heard enough about him." In an identical poll taken one year before, 63 percent said they hadn't heard enough about Jindal, indicating that his year of relentless op-ed writing and traveling around the country hasn't generated significant name recognition.