A poll sponsored by the Republican Party found that six of 10 likely Louisiana voters support Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The survey questioned 600 “likely voters” across the state Monday through Wednesday in Louisiana with a 95 percent level of confidence that the results correctly reflect opinions of the state’s voters within a 4 percent margin of error.
The poll found that 60 percent or more of those phoned opined that Jindal had improved Louisiana’s image nationally and was taking the state in the right direction, according to the poll released Thursday by the Southern Media and Opinion Research Inc.
The firm interviewed 442 white people, 15 of “other” races and 143 black people, or 29.2 percent of those questioned. African Americans make up roughly 34 percent of the state’s population.
“He doing very well with his base,” said Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media.
Jindal polled very high among white voters, particularly those over the age of 50, and very low with black and younger voters.
For instance, 78 percent of white voters — 352 total — gave the governor high marks when asked, “Is your overall impression of Gov. Bobby Jindal very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable?” But 61 percent of black voters — 85 in all — gave “unfavorable” answers, according to the survey.
That calculated out to 63.5 percent of the 600 had a favorable opinion of Jindal, while 32.5 percent had an unfavorable opinion and the rest were undecided.
In a May poll, Southern Media found that Jindal received an overall positive job rating of 55 percent, while his job rating was 44 percent.
Pinsonat said the poll of 600 likely voters released in May was taken at the beginning of a legislative session that was expected to be contentious. Few of the dire predictions made then turned out true, and that may help account for the increase in favorable responses for Jindal, Pinsonat said.
“That poll is consistent with other polls I’ve seen,” said Timmy Teepell, Jindal’s former chief of staff, who now works for the governor’s reelection campaign.
Teepell said Jindal wants to win the support of all demographics but acknowledges that the governor’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s policies often causes the numbers to drop among black voters.
The primary election is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Jindal also polled 58.5 percent of the vote if the ballot was against the more frequently mentioned possible opponents: Tara Hollis, a school teacher from Haynesville, and state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete. The question asked was, “If the election for governor were held today between Democrat Tara Hollis, Republican Bobby Jindal and Democrat Rob Marionneaux, for whom would you vote?”
Interestingly, Pinsonat said, 54.8 percent of the black voters answering that question said they were unsure for which of the three they would cast ballots.
About 46 percent of the voters under the age of 35 would vote for Jindal, according to the poll results.