Survey: David Duke viewed unfavorably by La. voters
NEW ORLEANS -- A new survey by the University of New Orleans may not spell good news for white supremacist David Duke's campaign for one of Louisiana's Senate seats.
The survey found Duke is "extremely unpopular with likely Louisiana voters," said a statement from the UNO Survey Research Center.
Eighty-two percent viewed Duke unfavorably. "Regardless of race, gender or party affiliation, no less than 80 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of Duke," said the statement.
Thirteen percent of respondents said they would cast a ballot for him.
“The poll indicates that there is a wholesale rejection of Duke’s candidacy by likely Louisiana voters,” Ed Chervenak, the director of the Survey Research Center, said.
“Eighty-four percent of respondents in our poll reported that they would not vote for David Duke in the primary and three-quarters of them declared that they would not vote for him even if he ended up in the runoff against a Democrat.”
Duke announced his candidacy for the Senate seat that David Vitter will vacate. He joins a field of more than 20 candidates.
While Duke said he found inspiration in Donald Trump as motivation to run for Senate, the Louisiana GOP was quick distance from Duke's campaign.
"The Republican Party opposes, in the strongest possible terms, David Duke's candidacy for any public office," the LAGOP's statement read. "David Duke is a convicted felon and a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican Party. The Party of Lincoln and Reagan is on that recognizes the inherent value of every human life, regardless of age, religion or race. David Duke's history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana's past and has no place in our current conversation. The Republican Party of Louisiana will play an active role in opposingg David Duke's candidacy."