A new poll taken of Louisiana voters suggests Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the most unpopular governors in the country. The Public Policy Polling data also says some voters would rather see former Gov. Edwin Edwards back in Baton Rouge as opposed to Jindal.
Now a convicted felon and congressional candidate, Edwards says he's flattered that some Louisiana voters would prefer to see him back in charge of the state. "Look, I was a good governor. I'm very controversial, I admit that. A lot of people don't like my politics, I'll admit that but I took care of the state and I took care of the people," Edwards said Tuesday.
The poll of over 1,100 people, shows Louisianans say by a 47 to 43 spread they'd rather Edwards over Jindal. In addition, only 34 percent of voters approve of the job Jindal is doing.
Voter Ronnie Aldrich says, "Seems like he's everywhere but here."
Charlie Bishop adds, "I think anything is better than Jindal."
Tulane political analyst Mike Sherman says, "Whether this poll is right on or 10 points off, that's still a problem for the sitting governor. It's clear he's focusing his attention on national ambitions and what the people in Louisiana think of him is not important right now to him."
Sherman says Jindal is maintaining impeccable credentials for a Republican primary race for president but that doesn't mean voters here would support him. In fact, only 20 percent of people polled thought Jindal should run for president. But according to Sherman, that figure probably isn't fazing the governor. "I think the only thing the governor and his political team are looking at is what appeals to the Republican presidential primary voters," Sherman explained.
Some New Orleanians we spoke to say they do agree with the way Jindal is running the state. "I mean I don't think he's done a bad job," said voter Eve Barrett.
But when asked if he should run for the country's highest office, they didn't seem so sure.
"I don't know about that," said Barrett.
Sherman says in the next year or so, Jindal's bigger plans will be revealed. And despite low approval ratings here, that doesn't mean he can be counted out. "I think Jindal as a sitting governor of a state absolutely has to be part of the discussion, now whether or not he can propel himself to the upper tier of candidates remains to be seen," said Sherman.
Sherman points out there has been controversy in the past about the methodology used by the Public Policy Polling firm and how it collects its data. The company says 80 percent of responses were garnered via the telephone, while 20 percent came from the Internet.