UNO poll: Bill Cassidy would be favored in runoff over Mary Landrieu; Louisiana headed in wrong direction | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A majority of Louisiana voters say the state is heading in the “wrong direction.”
The state’s biggest problems are education and unemployment, they told researchers from the University of New Orleans in a recent survey.
Both Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and Democratic President Barack Obama are not well-liked — earning 40 percent and 38 percent job approval ratings, respectively.
The UNO poll surveyed 590 registered voters in Louisiana by phone, covering perceptions of the state, health care and the looming U.S. Senate election next week and its potential December runoff.
“All indications point to an extremely tight Senate election in Louisiana between incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Bill Cassidy,” Ed Chervenak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center, said in a statement. “The most likely scenario is a runoff election between Landrieu and Cassidy in December, with the advantage going to the Republican contender.”
Running From Obama, Mary Landrieu Embraces Hillary Clinton
NEW ORLEANS — At a rally for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Saturday, the speakers belted out "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough," promising that if you call her name, wherever you are, she’ll be there in a hurry.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was there, one among a parade of figures trying to prop up Landrieu ahead of Tuesday’s election and an expected December runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Many of the speakers at Saturday’s rally tried to distance Landrieu from President Barack Obama and instead associate her with Clinton, a more popular Democrat.
"’Mary, isn’t this your hardest campaign? Aren’t you tired? Aren’t you aggravated?’" Landrieu said people in Washington have been asking her. But despite the challenges, she said, "this doesn’t scare us at all."
Nevertheless, the poll numbers look grim — so bad that state party Chair Karen Carter Peterson implored supporters at the rally to ignore them. Although Landrieu has a plurality in polls of the three-way matchup with Cassidy and Tea Party Republican Rob Maness, should the race go to a December runoff under the state’s "jungle primary," Landrieu’s numbers drop to an average of 42 percent against Cassidy’s 47 percent.
The blame lies in part with Obama, who is deeply unpopular among Louisiana voters. During the 2014 campaign, Republicans have emphasized both the president’s signature health care reform law and his alleged hostility to oil and gas interests, a major industry in the state. Nearly 57 percent of voters in the state disapprove of the job that Obama is doing, according to the HuffPost Pollster model.
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