A new statewide poll on Louisiana's U.S. Senate race shows Donald Trump leading the presidential race here, with John Kennedy as the frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race. Charles Boustany and Foster Campbell are in a dead heat for second place, according to the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center.
The UNO poll shows Republican state treasurer John Kennedy earning 22 percent support. Fifteen percent of those surveyed support both Republican Rep. Charles Boustany and Democrat Foster Campbell, a Public Service Commissioner.
Eleven percent favored Republican Rep. John Fleming and 10 percent support Caroline Fayard, a Democrat. All other candidates received single digit percentages, including controversial former state Rep. and former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke. Duke earned just two percent support. In all, there are 23 candidates running to replace David Vitter in the Senate. Only nine candidates, who met certain thresholds, were included in the UNO poll, including previous elected experience and $100,000 in fundraising.
The election is Nov. 8, with a runoff on Dec. 10.
In the presidential race, 49 percent of likely voters support Republican nominee Donald Trump while 35 percent favor Democrat Hillary Clinton. Louisiana has been a solidly red, or Republican, state for some time now, so the numbers are not a huge surprise.
A double-digit gender gap exists in presidential preference, UNO researchers said. Four in 10 women support Hillary Clinton while just over one-quarter of men say they will vote for her. "Women are basically split between Donald Trump and Clinton, but men are solidly in the Trump column by a two-to-one margin," said the UNO poll.
A majority of likely voters say Louisiana is headed in the wrong direction (51 percent), but respondents are more positive than they were a year ago.
Governor John Bel Edwards’ job approval rating is 56 percent, while President Barack Obama’s job performance rating (41 percent) is up three points from two years ago when the last UNO poll was taken. Predictably, the approval and disapproval ratings for Edwards, a Democrat, follow party lines, with stronger support for him from Democrats. Obama does exceedingly well (82 percent) among African-Americans.
The poll, which was conducted by Ed Chervenak, director of the Survey Research Center, and research associates Elizabeth Juhasz and Anthony Licciardi, surveyed 603 likely Louisiana voters in live telephone interviews. The poll has a margin of error of four points. It was conducted Oct. 15-Oct. 21.
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