jindalThe Times-Picayune reports that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approval ratings have dipped below 50 percent for the first time, according to a poll released Friday by Voter/Consumer Research in Washington, D.C.:
The poll, which also took the temperature of Louisianians on recent national and statewide health-care decisions, highlighted how nearly half of those polled believe the state is on the wrong track.

The polling company’s website says its clients “include corporations, associations, political candidates, I&R campaigns, IE campaigns and Republican Party committees.”

Only U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter had approval ratings over 50 percent, with the Democrat topping her Republican colleague by 59 to 55 percent, according to the poll. Jindal’s approval rating dropped to 49 percent — down from 51 percent in September — while Treasurer John Kennedy polled at 49 percent and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne at 45 percent.

Approval ratings for the state Legislature were similar, with 46 percent of respondents saying they somewhat or strongly approved of the job state lawmakers are doing and just over 40 percent saying they disapproved. Nearly 47 percent of Louisianians think the state is on the wrong track, however, with less than 38 percent thinking it is headed in the right direction.

The poll, done in conjunction with the Louisiana State Medical Society, also made clear that while most Louisianans do not support President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law, they also are not happy with Jindal’s decision to pass on the expansion of the Medicaid program in the state.
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