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Bobby Jindal Nosedives in Louisiana

Bobby Jindal Nosedives in Louisiana

By Scott Conroy - August 21, 2013

Louisiana law bars Bobby Jindal from seeking a third consecutive term as governor in 2015. But for the ambitious Republican, who has long had his sights set on national office, being term-limited could be a blessing in disguise.

According to a survey released Wednesday by the Democratically affiliated Public Policy Polling, Jindal's approval rating among state voters has sunk to 28 percent -- with 59 percent of respondents disapproving of the job he is doing.

Those numbers are bad enough, but they are astonishing in light of a poll PPP conducted three years ago, shortly after the BP oil spill devastated the state’s Gulf Coast shoreline, that showed Jindal to be one of the most popular governors in the country.

The latest survey bestows upon him the dubious distinctions of being the most unpopular Republican governor of any state and the second most unpopular governor overall.

Jindal has long been preparing for a possible 2016 presidential bid, but only 17 percent of Louisianans polled think he should run for the nation’s highest office, while 72 percent do not want him to do so.

Perhaps the most jarring result of PPP’s new survey is that Jindal trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 general election matchup by a margin of 47 percent to 40 percent in his home state.

The margin of error in the poll of 721 registered voters (which contained an oversample of 274 “usual Republican primary voters”) in Louisiana was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points (and plus or minus 5.9 points for the GOP voter sample). The survey was conducted Aug. 16-19. 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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