BATON ROUGE, La. -- Approval of Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to slip among Louisianans, according to a new Southern Media & Opinion Research survey, and his major tax reform plan, which calls for the end of state income tax, is also unpopular.
The survey has Jindal's current approval rating at 38 percent, down from 51 percent in October 2012.
"Thirty-eight percent of respondents rated his job performance favorably, while 60 percent disapproved. This represents a stunning reversal for Jindal who, only a few years ago, was considered one of the country's most popular governors."
The governor's cuts to health care and higher education is fueling the disapproval from residents, according to the survey. Seventy-eight percent surveyed disapproved any further budget cuts to the state healthcare system.
"A third of Republicans gave Jindal a negative job rating, while 78 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents did. His approval ratings have fallen precipitously since March 2012, when SMOR found his positive rating was 61 percent and negative rating was 36 percent."
In addition to Jindal's overall approval slipping, his plan to overhaul Louisiana's tax system is unpopular.
"Gov. Jindal's proposed tax reform plan was particularly unpopular. Sixty-three percent opposed the plan to abolish personal and corporate income taxes and raise state sales taxes, while only 27 percent supported it," says a release on the survey.
Budget cuts are drawing dissatisfaction as well.
"Sixty percent of respondents said the state budget has been cut enough," says a release on the survey. "For the last four years, Louisiana has faced large deficits and reduced spending on higher education and health care. This year is likely to be the same with the state facing another major gap. Previous cuts to higher education, health care and the charity hospital system have made further budget reductions increasingly unpopular, especially with the state's large percentage of low-income voters."
Louisianans are pessimistic to the direction of the state, according to the survey, as 48 percent believe conditions are getting worse in the state while only 20 percent believe conditions are improving in Louisiana.
President Barack Obama has a higher approval rating than Jindal in Louisiana."Overall, 43 percent approved of the president's job performance compared to 56 percent who do not, which is slightly better than Jindal's rating."