Among the flurry of Louisiana polls last week (including an internal one from Gov. Bobby Jindal's camp that gave him a 50 percent approval rating; see "Politics," p. 15), one survey that raised eyebrows came from another GOP firm, Harper Polling. That survey put the gov at only 35 percent approval, with only 20 percent of state respondents saying Jindal should run for president in 2016.
One person who probably hopes he does is former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee. The Harper poll showed Clinton would edge out Jindal among Louisiana voters in a hypothetical matchup — 44 percent to 42 percent. That's within the poll's 4.01 percent margin of error, but even the idea that a Democrat named Clinton could beat Jindal in his home state would have been inconceivable just a year ago. — KEVIN ALLMAN