A new poll on the Louisiana governor’s race has Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter comfortably heading to a runoff, multiple TV stations are reporting, including WAFB in Baton Rouge and Fox 8 in New Orleans.
According to those reports, the “most likely to vote” who were polled favored Edwards with 32 percent; Vitter with 24 percent; and Republicans Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle with 10 percent each in the Oct. 24 primary.
In a hypothetical runoff, the likely voters favored Edwards 55 percent to Vitter’s 33 percent.
The TV stations also reported figures for all registered voters surveyed — including who said they were less likely to vote in the election. Among all voters, Edwards led with 24 percent to Vitter’s 21 percent. Dardenne polled at 8 percent, and Angelle at 7 percent. A whopping 37 percent of all voters surveyed said they were undecided, but that figured dropped to 21 percent for likely voters.
Raycom and its stations did not release the cross-tabs for the poll, so the broken-down findings have not been made available, including questions used to distinguish how likely respondents were to vote. The TV reports varied to some degree but generally contained the same information.
The poll, conducted by Metairie-based Multi-Quest, Int’l, was taken between Oct. 7-13. It has a 4 percent margin of error, the stations reported. That means about half of the poll was conducted after Louisiana’s early voting period began.
According to the pollster, he has worked on every prior Vitter campaign, but he apparently is not working for Vitter’s gubernatorial run.