Louisiana voters aren’t too pleased with any of their elected officials, according to recent surveys released by Public Policy Polling. Leading the pack in negative reviews is President Barack Obama: 50% of Louisianans disapprove of Obama's job performance and just 44 percent rate him positively.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter is just as unlikeable as Obama, with a 44 percent favorability rating. Vitter has a higher job approval rating of 44 percent, with 36 percent disapproving. Possibly even less liked is Sen. Vitter’s likely opponent in his re-election bid next year, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville. Melancon, not as well known across the state as Vitter, has a favorable rating of just 26 percent, with 32 percent viewing him unfavorably and 42 percent undecided. In a head-to-head matchup, Vitter leads Melancon 44 percent to 32 percent, with 24 percent undecided.
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana’s senior senator, also has lagging approval numbers. Her job approval is split down the middle, with 43 percent positive and 43 percent negative.
Faring the best right now is Gov. Bobby Jindal, who despite coming off a tough budget-cutting legislative session, has a 55 percent approval rating. This, however, is down from approval ratings of 60 percent last year.
PPP conducted a survey of 727 Louisiana voters from July 17th to 19th. The survey’s
margin of error is +/-3.6%.