There aren’t many Louisianans who are fans of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) these days, and even fewer want him to run for president in 2016.
The latest survey from GOP firm Harper Polling released on Monday found that only 35 percent of respondents in the Pelican State have a favorable opinion of Jindal, compared with a little more than half — 51 percent — who said they view the governor unfavorably. An even larger majority of 58 percent said that Jindal should not launch a White House bid compared with a mere 20 percent said he should run in 2016. In a hypothetical presidential matchup, the poll found Hillary Clinton claiming a slight edge over Jindal, 44 percent to 42 percent.
Harper’s release was the latest in a string of lousy poll numbers for Jindal. A survey in February from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found 57 percent of Louisiana voters disapproving of Jindal’s job performance, a far cry from PPP’s findings in 2010. In April, a poll from Southern Media & Opinion Research showed 60 percent of Louisiana voters disapproving of Jindal, giving him an even lower approval rating than President Barack Obama in the state.
Following the GOP’s disappointing showing in last year’s elections, Jindal looked to position himself as a national leader for the struggling party, admonishing Republicans to shed their “stupid” reputation. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) seemed to hit back at Jindal for those remarks in a closed-door speech earlier this week.
“I am not going to come and call you the stupid party,” Christie said at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting.