BATON ROUGE, La. - A new statewide poll shows public reaction to steep cuts to the state budget and public health care system may be affecting Gov. Bobby Jindal’s job approval rating.
The poll conducted by Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat was commissioned by Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby, a Jindal supporter.
The telephone survey of 600 voters showed 89 percent of the respondents were concerned about recent cuts to the LSU health care system, with nearly as many – 80 percent – said that they felt the cuts could mean residents lose access to health care.
698 percent said they were opposed to more state budget cuts.
The governor’s education reforms do earn him higher marks, with 69 percent saying they support increasing standards for teacher tenure. Further, 73 percent support increased teacher accountability.
The survey does show the approval rating for Gov. Bobby Jindal slipping a bit. He received a 51 percent approval rating in the latest survey, down from 64 percent in the same survey a year ago.
While the governor still has strong support among fellow Republicans, a majority of Democrats in the survey say his job performance has been "not so good" or "poor."
As for other elected officials, Sen. Mary Landrieu, the state’s only Democrat official elected statewide, scores a 62 percent approval. Sen. David Vitter earns 52 percent excellent or good job approval rating. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne scored a 47 percent approval rating.
The survey has a margin of error of +/- 4 points. It was conducted Sept. 11-20.