The approval rating of Gov. Bobby Jindal — our Intelligent Design-loving, voucher-championing, tax-swapping chief executive — has virtually spun 180 degrees over the last two years, according to a survey released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling. Jindal’s approval rating now stands at 37 percent, with 57 percent of respondents giving him an unfavorable rating, according to PPP. That’s in stark contrast to Jindal’s 58-34 approve-disapprove mark in 2010 when he was one of the most popular governors in the union. Only 59 percent of Republicans surveyed approve of his job performance, down from 81 percent two years ago.

But the PPP survey doesn’t stop there. It also shows U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat in this very red state, doing surprising well. The poll finds Landrieu leading all Republicans who have some level of statewide name recognition — that includes Jindal, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne — by 3 to 12 points.

“Most of the Republicans have low name recognition so it will get closer,” says PPP President Dean Debnam. “But Mary Landrieu’s near 50 percent and in a much stronger position for reelection probably than most people would have expected.”

PPP surveyed 603 Louisiana voters via automated telephone interviews from Feb. 8-12. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

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