Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the second-least popular governor is the nation, based on a new project that set out to find all governors’ approval ratings.
As his term winds to an end (voters will head to the polls to decide his successor on Saturday), Jindal’s administration has been plagued with budget problems that have required massive cuts to health care and higher education.
Neither Republican David Vitter nor Democrat John Bel Edwards have sought his endorsement in the governor’s race. On Thursday, both trashed his plan for addressing a $500 million budget deficit.
Morning Consult’s poll found 35 percent of Louisianans surveyed approve of Jindal’s job performance, while 60 percent disapprove and 6 percent were unsure. The poll surveyed 931 people and has a margin of error of 3.2 percent.
Jindal has frequently defended his poor polling in Louisiana, citing his decision to cut government instead of raising taxes. (Morning Consult’s poll was a little better than a recent UNO poll that found Jindal with a 70 percent disapproval rating.)
The Morning Consult project found Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is the nation’s most popular governor, polling 74 percent approval to 14 percent disapproval. More than half of the governors were found to be more popular than unpopular.