New poll numbers for Gov. Bobby Jindal, which show his approval rating slipping somewhat, with voters concerned about cuts to the state budget and LSU Public Hospital system are the subject of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
The latest poll of Louisiana voters is sobering news for Governor Bobby Jindal.
Voters overwhelmingly oppose additional state budget cuts — especially cuts to public hospitals and higher education. This news comes as the governor is preparing to cut public hospitals by almost 35 percent, on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts he has already made.
And while most voters support Jindal’s education reforms in general, a majority opposes his controversial voucher program.
It should be no surprise, therefore, that the same poll shows Jindal’s popularity at its lowest point since he took office in 2008. Barely half of those surveyed say he’s doing a good job — and more than two-thirds say state lawmakers should be more independent of the governor.
Here’s what’s most interesting to me: The poll was paid for by Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby, a longtime Jindal supporter. Clearly, it’s not biased against the governor.
Jindal knows that leadership often requires making unpopular decisions. Still, it’s a fine line between pushing the envelope as you try to lead and pushing yourself into the political margins by ignoring your constituents. For Bobby Jindal, as for most politicians, time will tell.
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