Poll: John Bel Edwards above 50 percent, has double-digit lead over David Vitter _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana gubernatorial candidates U.S. Sen. David Vitter, left, a Republican, and State Rep. John Bel Edwards, right, a Democrat, stand together near the conclusion of the program Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at the Together Louisiana Statewide Assembly at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They addressed issues like the state budget, health care and workforce development at the event.

Another independent poll out in the Louisiana governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with a double-digit lead and above the crucial 50-percent mark less than a week before Saturday’s runoff.

The JMC Analytics poll, conducted Saturday and Monday, found respondents favored Edwards 51 percent to Vitter’s 35 percent. The margin of error is 3.9 percent.

According to the poll, undecided voters were also more likely to favor Edwards 54 percent to Vitter’s 38 percent.

“In conclusion, while Edwards’ lead in the governor’s race has narrowed, his support in the larger urban areas and among white Democrats/white Independents has kept him solidly in the lead,” pollster John Couvillion writes in his summary of the findings. “The election is still five days away, however, and it will be interesting to see what strategy each candidate has to move voters in the final week.”

The poll lines up with other independent polls that have been conducted since the Oct. 24 primary.

Read the full JMC poll, which includes demographic breakdowns for Edwards and Vitter supporters, as well as information on other state-wide races.