Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Is Not Winning Any Popularity Contests
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling is in, and the results are not good for Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal's approval rating is currently at a lowly 28 percent, with 59 percent of Louisiana voters saying they disapprove of the job he is doing.
According to PPP, those numbers make Jindal the least popular Republican governor in the U.S., and the second most unpopular governor in all the land after Democratic Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who has an approval rating of 25 percent.
PPP's most interesting finding, however, is a hypothetical general election mashup that discovered Jindal, who's thought to be contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, would lose to Hillary Clinton in his home state by seven points. Although the hypothetical mashup looks unlikely, the results are actually fitting. The last time the state went blue was in 1996, for Hillary Clinton's husband.
The PPP numbers represent a continued fall from grace for Jindal (who was once considered a promising 2016 hopeful) and whose downfall arguably began in 2009, when his response to the President's State of Union fell completely flat. His endorsement of gaffe-laden Rick Perry didn't do much to help matters.
While Jindal's 2012 comment at the Republican National Convention that the GOP must "stop being the stupid party" earned him some reprieve and respect, his tenure as governor is not exactly going well.
In April, he dropped his tax reform plan that would have replaced income taxes with higher sales taxes, acknowledging a widespread backlash from both the public and state lawmakers in his own party. As the Washington Post explains, the policies that made Jindal popular on a national level aren't sitting as well at home. Turns out deep budget cuts to education and healthcare spending aren't popular.
"It happens to every governor at different points — you go through easier patches and harder patches," said Jindal political consultant Curt Anderson. "Bobby is not a get along to go along type. He fights hard for what he thinks is best for the state, sometimes independent of whether it’s popular at the time... When you rock the boat, some people are happy, some aren’t."