If New Orleanians don't seem all that excited about the upcoming election for a new mayor, it's not necessarily because they hate their choices.
In fact, the top three hopefuls all boast enviable favorability ratings, according to a new poll conducted for The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV. All three — former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris — have way more admirers than detractors, according to the poll of 500 registered voters by the Clarus Research Group, which ran from Sept. 25-27.
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Charbonnet, who's raised the most money but has also been subject to the most attacks, largely from an outside PAC, seems to be weathering things just fine. Sixty-three percent of respondents offered a favorable take on her, and just 18 percent an unfavorable one. Cantrell, in a statistical tie for first place with Charbonnet, is also perfectly popular, with 61 percent viewing her favorably and 21 percent unfavorably. Bagneris, the poll's third place finisher, didn't fare quite as well, but he still drew more than twice as many positive reviews as negative ones, 52 percent to 25 percent.
Opinion is more closely divided on businessman Troy Henry, who made a name for himself with his 2010 run against Mitch Landrieu. At 23 percent, his negative rating is close to Bagneris', but his 32 percent positive rating trails the judge's by 20 points. Opinion on CPA Tommy Vassel is nearly evenly split, with 22 percent liking him and 19 percent not, but he's also the only one of the six top candidates who's unknown by more than half the people polled.
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The clear loser in this popularity contest is businessman Frank Scurlock. Forty percent of the survey respondents gave him a thumbs-down, while just 15 percent gave him a thumbs-up. That may be due the headlines Scurlock's inspired. Earlier this year, he was arrested at the scene of the protest against removing the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans (the charge was later dropped). And days before the poll went into field, the Advocate reported that he'd been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly masturbating in the back of a California Uber.
Survey says: Not exactly mayoral behavior.