David Duke

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, March 22, 2016, after registering to run for the U.S. Senate, saying "the climate of this country has moved in my direction." Duke's candidacy comes one day after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for president, and Duke said he's espoused principles for years that are similar to the themes Republicans are now supporting in Trump's campaign, on issues such as immigration and trade.

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Roughly half of the state's voters approve of Gov. John Bel Edwards' performance eight months into his term, according to a poll conducted last week by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. 

The poll found that 49 percent of Louisiana voters gave the governor a positive rating. About 36 percent said they disapproved of his job performance, and 15 percent said they didn't know.

Unsurprisingly, there were significant differences in how voters of different party affiliations, races and genders viewed the Democratic governor.

About three-quarters of Democrats said they support him, compared with about one-quarter of Republicans. About 70 percent of black voters gave him good marks, compared with about 40 percent of white voters. And men were slightly less likely than women to support him, with about 45 percent of men giving him favorable ratings compared with 52 percent of women.

Meanwhile, four out of five Louisiana voters have an unfavorable opinion of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, according to the survey, though about 13 percent of voters said they would consider voting for him in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary.  

"In sum, this survey reveals that David Duke is extremely unpopular with likely Louisiana voters," according to an analysis accompanying the survey's results. 

Still, at least some voters said they would consider casting their ballots for Duke, including 10 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans.

If Duke were to make it to a runoff against a Democrat — something that's at least theoretically possible in a field of  24 candidates — about 16 percent of those polled said they would vote for him and 10 percent said they didn't know what they would do. About 89 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans said they would vote against him in that scenario.

The survey polled 614 people and was conducted by robocalls to landline phones July 27 and 28. It has a margin of error of 3.95 percentage points.

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