NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The latest poll from Tulane University shows that one mayoral candidate is leading the other by a sizable margin.
Heading into the Nov. 18 run-off election for the next mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell has a 20-point lead over opponent Desiree Charbonnet, according to a newly released Tulane University poll.
The poll of 483 Orleans Parish residents who have voted or plan to vote in Saturday's election found that 50 percent back Cantrell while 30 percent support Charbonnet.
According to the poll, 20 percent of early respondents are still undecided.
The poll margin of error is ± 5 percent, based off turnout in the primary election.
"A large proportion of voters appear to be voting against the other candidate," J. Celeste Lay, associate professors of political science. "Twenty-four percent of Cantrell's voters and 27 percent of Charbonnet's supporters say they are voting for their candidate because they don't like or don't trust the opposing candidate."
Just over a quarter of Cantrell's supporters say they are voting for her because she did a good job on the city council, according to the poll. One in three of Charbonnet's voters are picking her because she has the best policy ideas.
About 10 percent of the sample said they do not plan to vote. The majority are sitting out because they don't like either candidate or because they don't believe it matters who wins.
The survey was conducted online and distributed through Focus Group Testing LLC from Nov. 3-13. The firm's database consists of 2,445 Orleans Parish residents who were all invited to take the survey.
For more information from the poll, click here.