Polls

Monday, April 16, 2018

Survey: Louisiana residents trust local media — national media, not so much

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 4:28 PM

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Louisiana residents are pretty satisfied with their local news sources, according to the last of six reports from the 2018 Louisiana Survey, an annual product of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and the Reilly School for Media & Public Affairs.

However, that trust doesn't extend to the national media, according to the survey.

"Most Louisiana residents (56 percent) think that local news organizations are accurate in
their reporting, which is much higher than the share who think national news organizations generally get the facts straight (32 percent)," according to the survey's summary.

Other findings:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Protests planned for WWL-TV mayoral debate tomorrow night in response to candidate Troy Henry not being invited

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 4:11 PM

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  • Troy Henry.

An email sent today from the website Think504.com says that some supporters of mayoral candidate Troy Henry plan to block entrance to the candidates at a mayoral debate tomorrow night, in protest of Henry not being invited to participate.

The debate, sponsored by WWL-TV in partnership with the Committee for a Better New Orleans, will be broadcast live from the studios of WYES-TV beginning at 6 p.m. The invited candidates are Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet.

Reached by phone this afternoon, Henry said he was unaware of the planned protest, adding, "I definitely agree they should allow me to participate, though. I think something nefarious is going on, quite frankly."

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Huh? Louisianans love Medicaid expansion, but hate "Obamacare"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:46 AM

A "second line for health care" last month in New Orleans drew health care providers who spoke out in favor of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • A "second line for health care" last month in New Orleans drew health care providers who spoke out in favor of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

In spite of “widespread approval” of last year’s Medicaid expansion in the state, Louisianans largely have an unfavorable and deeply divided view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to The Louisiana Survey 2017’s fifth report released today by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs.

The survey shows that overall 72 percent of Louisiana respondents approve of the state’s expansion of its Medicaid program, while less than 50 percent have a favorable opinion of the ACA, which provided for the expansion.

Nevertheless, in the last three years more Louisianans have signaled they approve of the federal health care law, which has been nicknamed Obamacare.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

WWL-TV/Advocate poll very bad news for Vitter

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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  • Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey.



The first independent statewide survey since qualifying closed in the governor’s race shows U.S. Sen. David Vitter in trouble, despite the fact that he co-leads the field with Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards. The survey was taken by Clarus Research Group of Washington, D.C., for WWL-TV and The Advocate.

Here are the survey’s statewide results:
• John Bel Edwards 24%
• David Vitter 24%
• Scott Angelle 15%
• Jay Dardenne 14%
Five other candidates get 1% each, and “undecided” is at 18%. Vitter, Angelle and Dardenne are Republicans. Edwards is the only major Democrat.

How can Vitter be in trouble if he’s co-leading the poll?

Because since last April he has fallen from a high of 38% in a poll by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) — and being all alone atop the field — to just 24% (and tied for the lead with Edwards) in the Clarus poll. That’s a loss of more than one-third of his support since April.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

What Bobby Jindal has stolen

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:49 AM

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Term-limited state lawmakers may turn out to be the lucky ones next fall. They won’t have to explain to voters why they went along with Bobby Jindal’s fiscal insanity and cut more than $700 million from Louisiana’s public colleges and universities over the past seven years. Heck, the cuts could exceed $1 billion by Election Day, particularly since Jindal seems predisposed to do nothing in the face of a projected $1.4 billion budget gap.

Well, not quite nothing — he is laying the groundwork for a quixotic presidential run. I’m not sure how he’s going to explain $1 billion in cuts to higher education, especially when he’s touting himself as the savior of public education in Louisiana. Then again, the national media rarely look beyond press releases, and voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have no clue what a liar Jindal is.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Report: Jindal to bash Hillary Clinton's "mindless naivete" in London speech

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM

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Gov. Bobby Jindal, often on the road, is spending 10 days in Europe right now on an "economic development mission," but there's always room for a little (or a lot) of politicking. Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard has a copy of some of Jindal's prepared remarks:
According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks. ... Jindal is planning to say, "Our former Secretary of State in America recently said that we need to 'show respect for our enemies' and 'empathize with their perspective and point of view.' Well, yes, understanding our enemies as a means of destroying them, I’m all for that. But empathizing with them as if perhaps we can find some common ground, I have no interest in that kind of mindless naiveté."

In a CNN | ORC poll conducted last month, Jindal was the choice of 4 percent of Republican respondents and independent respondents who lean toward the GOP. Clinton was the choice of 66 percent of Democratic respondents and independents who lean Democratic.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

New UNO poll: Landrieu favored in primary; Cassidy favored in potential runoff

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Dr. Ed Chernevak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center. - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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  • Dr. Ed Chernevak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center.


On the eve of next Tuesday's election, the University of New Orleans (UNO) Survey Research Center (SRC) released a poll surveying Louisiana registered voters on three topics: the state of the state, health care policy and the Senate race. The biggest takeaway: Likely voters prefer Sen. Mary Landrieu in the primary, but if the Senate race should go to a runoff, Rep. Bill Cassidy is favored among those same voters.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Times poll: Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in Louisiana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure. - COURTESY THE WHITE HOUSE
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  • A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure.


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 each handling his job.

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 a field of Republicans in the November 2014 general election, is out in front with 42 percent of respondents saying she'd have their vote if the election was today. 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. 

In other results, 36 percent of respondents who are registered to vote in Louisiana thought it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry; 56 percent thought it should not.

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

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Our Beloved Supreme Leader

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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How fortunate we are in Louisiana to have Our Beloved Supreme Leader, Jind Il-Sung, bless us with his brilliant governance! If any should doubt how beloved he is, let them read the results of his latest “internal poll,” which shows half of our state’s voters — the smarter half, no doubt — approve of the job he is doing. That is a startling turnaround from the dismal 37 percent (or lower) approval rating that “independent” polls reported just months ago.

See, everything really is perfect in the People’s Democratic Republic of Louisiana, thanks to Our Beloved Supreme Leader.

What’s that, you say? Our Beloved Supreme Leader’s poll was biased, skewed in his favor by under-sampling black voters and over-sampling white Republicans? Only enemies of the Republic would propagate such nonsense.

Yes, it is true that Louisiana’s electorate is 64 percent white and 31 percent black. And it is equally true that the poll, taken by OnMessage, the political consulting group led by Our Beloved Supreme Leader’s right-hand man and home-schooled left-brainer, Timmy Teepell, had a sample that was 67 percent white and merely 22 percent black. But, as Team Jind assures us, black folks don’t vote in proportionate numbers, so why should their opinions count when measuring how beloved is Our Beloved Supreme Leader?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New poll finds many Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for botched response to Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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It's been a busy week for Louisiana polls and pollsters, and this morning Talking Points Memo provided a sneak look at a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 274 Louisiana Republican primary voters, taken Aug. 16-19.

The poll's top line regarded preferences for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, and it pitted Gov. Bobby Jindal against a wide field of Republican leaders: former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez, Ky. Sen. Rand Paul, Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisc. Rep. Paul Ryan and former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum. (Jindal scored 10 percent support among Louisiana Republicans, putting him in the middle of the pack, but behind "Someone else/not sure.")

But it was the answer to this question that raised eyebrows:

Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

28%
George W. Bush
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29%
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44%
Not sure

A statistically insignificant difference, to be sure. Of course, Bush was president at the time and Obama was a freshman Illinois senator in his first year of office. (In the crosstabs, older people were more likely to blame Obama, while younger voters were likely to be not sure.)

But it raises a further question: Why was it asked in the first place? PPP, which largely conducts polling for Democratic and liberal groups, is fond of throwing curveballs. In 2011, PPP asked GOP voters whether they thought either Obama or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be Raptured into heaven (19 percent thought Obama would; 51 percent thought Palin would). Three months ago, PPP conducted a poll about Americans' attitude toward "hipsters," which included a question about whether hipsters just “soullessly appropriate cultural tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement.”  It also asked respondents to rate the palatability of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. 

Whatever the motivation behind the Katrina question, it's sure to be used as ammo against Louisiana Republicans' brain power (and ammo against Louisianans as a whole), while it also will give conservatives a chance to squawk they were set up.

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