BATON ROUGE, La. - Governor Bobby Jindal starts his final two years in office from a position of weakness, according to a just-released statewide opinion poll.
The poll, by the left leaning Public Policy Polling shows Jindal to be one of the most unpopular governors in the country.
According to the survey of 635 Louisiana voters, 53 percent said they disapprove of Jindal's performance with only 35 percent approving. Jindal fares better in his own poll of 800 likely voters by OnMessage Inc. It shows 50 percent voters approve of the job he's doing versus 45 percent who don't.
The governor says he doesn't concern himself with poll numbers.
"We care about the number of people working in Louisiana, the number of kids getting a great education and how many people are moving into our state," said Jindal. "The good news in Louisiana, we have a record high graduation rate."
WWL-TV political analyst Clancy DuBos says Jindal's low approval rating could hurt him during the upcoming state legislative session.
"You cannot approach a legislative fight like that from a position of weakness," said DuBos. "When your numbers are down, you look weak. At this point, Governor Jindal, even though he has a lot of power in his office, politically, he's no threat to anybody."
In recent weeks, Jindal's Chief of Staff Paul Rainwater and longtime coastal advisor Garrett Graves announced their resignations from the administration. The governor chalked that up to being on the backside of his second and final four-year term. Jindal is promising to be anything but a lame duck during his final two years in office.
"When your numbers are down that low, I think you're lame duck period starts a little sooner," said DuBos. "It would help him if his numbers were higher."
"Every single day I'm going to show up to work every single day to continue to push our state forward," said Jindal. The same Public Policy Polling survey shows U.S. Senator David Vitter a heavy favorite in the 2015 governor's race in Louisiana.