Poll: Obama Boasts Higher Approval Rating In Louisiana Than Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) remains a very unpopular figure among his constituents, so much so that President Barack Obama claims a slight popularity edge in the conservative state.

The latest poll from Southern Media & Opinion Research released Tuesday showed Jindal with a dire approval rating: 38 percent of Louisiana voters said they approve of the job the governor is doing, while a majority of 60 percent said they disapprove. According to the survey, Jindal’s constituents are deeply dissatisfied with the Republican’s plans to impose cuts to higher education and privatize the state’s charity hospital system. His call to abolish the state’s personal and corporate income tax is also unpopular, with 63 percent saying they are opposed to the proposal. 

Lousiana voters are certainly no fan of Obama either, but the President’s 43 percent approval rating trumps Jindal, pegged as a potential 2016 contender. Fifty-six percent said they disapprove of the job Obama is doing. Obama lost in Louisiana last year to Mitt Romney by 17 points. 

Southern Media’s findings are similar to those shown in a February poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. That survey showed 57 percent of voters in the state disapproving of Jindal. 

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