Poll: In Bobby Jindal vs. Hillary Clinton, Louisiana voters say they want the Democrat

Louisiana voters would pick Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal to be the next president, a new poll finds — just four years after Jindal sailed to a landslide gubernatorial victory.

Louisiana has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996, but the latest poll from The Advocate/WWL-TV found Jindal also is viewed less favorably than President Barack Obama among Louisiana voters.

The poll, conducted by Ron Faucheux of the Clarus Research Group on behalf of the news organizations, found Jindal’s favorability at just 34 percent in Louisiana as he campaigns for president. About 62 percent of voters said they now view Jindal unfavorably. Three percent were unsure.

Obama, meanwhile, polled at 40 percent favorable to 59 percent unfavorable. Just 1 percent of the Louisiana voters surveyed had no opinion on the sitting U.S. president.

The poll surveyed 800 Louisiana voters Sept. 20-23 throughout the state who are likely to vote in the state’s Oct. 24 elections. The margin of error is 3.49 percentage points.

In a hypothetical presidential matchup against former Secretary of State and Democratic front-runner Clinton, Jindal polled 42 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent.

Jindal’s low polling in the latest survey of Louisiana voters mirrors his waning favorability over the past couple of years. Jindal frequently has brushed aside questions about his unpopularity at home, dismissing it as the result of difficult choices he has made as governor, including cuts to state government.

Jindal, who could not seek re-election as governor because of term limits, has spent much of his presidential campaign this year focusing on Iowa. According to his campaign’s latest tally this week, he has held events in 46 of the state’s 99 counties since formally launching his candidacy in June. His campaign has shown no signs of nearing an end, despite low national polling that has kept him off the main stage of the two nationally televised GOP debates held so far.

New York billionaire Donald Trump surged to the head of the crowded GOP field in national polling this summer, but more Louisiana voters said they prefer retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the Republican primary.

Faucheux said it is the first state recently in which he has seen Carson top Trump.

Carson polled at 23 percent among likely Republican primary voters to Trump’s 19 percent. His main advantage was among female voters, who picked Carson 21 percent to 13 percent for Trump. Male voters, meanwhile, favored Trump 26 percent to Carson’s 25 percent.

Among Republican voters surveyed by Clarus, those two were followed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10 percent), though Bush also polled better than Trump among female voters (15 percent to Trump’s 13 percent).

Next were U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (9 percent), businesswoman Carly Fiorina (7 percent), U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (6 percent) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (4 percent).

Jindal was tied in his home state with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 3 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the first pick among 2 percent of Louisiana Republicans.

Thirteen percent of Louisiana Republicans polled said they are still undecided.

The poll tested two other hypothetical scenarios with Clinton facing Republicans Trump and Bush. Bush, the former Florida governor, trounced Clinton in the survey, 56 percent to 38 percent. Trump, meanwhile, leads Clinton 47 percent to 39 percent in the hypothetical head-to-head in Louisiana.

Faucheux noted that Mitt Romney defeated Obama by 17 points in Louisiana in the 2012 election.

Clinton had a strong lead in the Louisiana Democratic primary, with 57 percent of Democrats surveyed saying they would vote for her.

Faucheux said that’s largely due to her support among black voters and female voters. The Louisiana poll found 71 percent support for Clinton among black Democrats and 63 percent among women.

“That’s been a big part of her strategy,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden, who has not entered the presidential race, was the preference of 22 percent of Democrats, followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at 7 percent, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 2 percent and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb at 1 percent.

Eight percent of the Louisiana residents surveyed said they are still undecided in the Democratic primary.

Follow Elizabeth Crisp on Twitter, @elizabethcrisp. For more coverage of Louisiana state government and politics, follow our Politics blog at http://blogs.theadvocate.com/politicsblog.

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