A new poll paid for by a group that supports Gov. John Bel Edwards and his legislative agenda is being used to show broad support for the state’s new governor.
Rebuild Louisiana, a pro-Edwards nonprofit, unveiled the findings of its statewide survey this week. The poll, conducted by Democrat-leaning Anzalone Liszt Grove research, and included 700 live telephone interviews with likely 2016 voters across the state March 18-23. The margin of error is 3.7 percent.
According to the poll’s findings, 52 percent of respondents gave Edwards, a Democrat who was sworn in Jan. 11, a favorable rating for his first two months in office.
The poll also found heavy support for Edwards’ legislative initiatives, including his calls to close the gender pay gap, raise the minimum wage, expand Medicaid and invest in a passenger rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The minimum wage hike, which Edwards has proposed from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour, was supported by 94 percent of Democratic respondents and 50 percent of Republican respondents.
Equal pay legislation is supported by 95 percent of the Democratic respondents and 83 percent of Republicans, the poll found.
The rail linking Baton Rouge and New Orleans was supported by 79 percent of the Democrats surveyed and 65 percent of the Republicans.
About 84 percent of the total respondents said former Gov. Bobby Jindal was at least partially to blame for the state’s budget crisis, with more than half saying he deserves a “great deal” of the blame.
Nearly 60 percent of the respondents said that “too many tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy” are to blame for the budget shortfall, while 30 percent blamed government spending.
(Note: Rebuild LA provided to The Advocate the crosstabs for this poll but asked that the full findings not be published because they contain proprietary information.)