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Poll: Obama, Jindal tied in approval ratings 

Landrieu leads GOP opponents

  A new poll of four Southern states by The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation found identical percentages of Louisianans approve and disapprove of Gov. Bobby Jindal and President Barack Obama's performances in office. Of the respondents, 40 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved of the way Obama and Jindal are handling their respective jobs.

  The differences were slightly more pronounced when it came to the performances of U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter. Landrieu, a Democrat, received a 49/45 percent approval/disapproval rating, while Vitter's percentages were 51/35. Only 6 percent of respondents didn't know or had no answer when it came to Landrieu; Vitter's don't know/no answer percentage was more than double that at 13 percent.

  Landrieu, who's running against several Republicans in the November 2014 open primary, is out in front with 42 percent of respondents saying she'd have their vote if the election were held now. She leads challengers U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (18 percent), state Rep. Paul Hollis (5 percent) and Rob Maness (4 percent). Thirty percent of respondents weren't sure if they would vote, or for whom.

  The poll was conducted April 8-15 and surveyed 1,075 Louisianans, of whom 946 identified themselves as registered voters.

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