The latest poll numbers are sobering for Gov. Bobby Jindal. In this week’s Commentary, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos takes at look at what this means for tne governor’s budget and tax plans.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
The latest statewide poll has more bad news for Gov. Bobby Jindal. He’s hit a new low among Louisiana voters.
If it’s any consolation, voters don’t think he’s a crook. They just don’t like his policies — especially those relating to sales taxes, public hospitals and higher education.
In the five-plus years that Jindal has been governor, direct state support for public hospitals and higher ed has been cut by more than $1 billion — with more cuts on the way.
According to the survey, almost 80 percent of Louisiana voters say higher ed and hospitals have been cut enough. More than 60 percent want no more cuts of any kind. And about 63 percent oppose Jindal’s plan to replace the state income tax with much higher sales taxes.
There’s more bad news, but you get the picture.
The question now is: Does the governor get the picture? Nobody likes a politician who only looks at polls, but when an overwhelming majority opposes your policies, it’s foolish not to pay attention. These latest poll numbers make it clear that the voters are paying attention, and they don’t like what they see.
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