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Poll: Vitter Leads Melancon By 10


Vitter, according to the poll, continues to enjoy majority support in Louisiana, with 53 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him (41 percent disapprove and six percent unsure). Over a quarter of voters by contrast -- 26 percent to be exact -- don't know what to think of Melancon. The same number give him high marks, and 48 percent say they have an unfavorable view.

Yesterday, PPP unveiled a handful of the toplines of this same poll, suggesting that a great number of voters are still unaware of Vitter's recent travails, including prostitution scandals, and the more recent discovery that he knowingly employed a top aide for two years after the aide attacked his girlfriend with a knife. Only 21 percent say Vitter is a "good model" of Christian living. But 44 percent say he's not a good model, and 35 percent say they don't know.

On Saturday, voters will choose between Vitter and his primary rival Chet Traylor. Vitter appears to be sitting pretty in that race: PPP finds only 11 percent have a favorable approval of Traylor. A quarter of respondents don't like him and the overwhelming majority -- 64 percent -- aren't sure. Traylor and his allies have yet to make a showing in TV ads, three days before Saturday's election.

PPP finds Melancon in better shape in a hypothetical matchup against the extremely unknown Traylor: 40-39 with 21 percent undecided.

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