NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A study conducted by the University of New Orleans shows that David Duke may have a tough time in his upcoming bid for a U.S.Senate seat in Louisiana. Of the more than six hundred people that were polled, a whopping 82-percent said that they viewed Duke unfavorably - nearly a 6 to 1 margin of respondents.
Age seemed to be a factor in people's opinions of Duke. The poll revealed that young people are twice more likely to favor Duke than older respondents. UNO pollsters speculate this could be because older voters remember his campaign in the 1980s and 1990s. Older voters rated him unfavorably on a 10 to 1 margin.
One of the questions asked voters if they would vote for Duke in the upcoming primary. Only 13 percent of respondents said that they would.
"The poll indicates that there is a wholesale rejection of Duke's candidacy by likely Louisiana voters," according to UNO's Edward Chervenak. "Eighty-four percent of respondents in our poll reported that they would not vote for David Duke in the primary and three-quarters of them declared that they would not vote for him even if he ended up in the runoff against a Democrat."
The study was conducted via robocall, an interactive voice response telephone survey, on July 27th and 28th. The survey and analysis were produced by Tony Licciardi and Edward Chervenak. The UNO Survey Research Center's goal was to "learn about the public's perception of David Duke since he recently announced his candidacy for the open U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana," Chervenak said.
To review the entire survey, please click here. http://www.uno.edu/cola/political-science/documents/duke-poll.pdf
Since 1986, the UNO Survey Research Center has collected information about public opinions, beliefs and values on a wide range of social, economic and political issues. In that time, it has gained a reputation for accuracy and integrity in public opinion research.