Three years ago in August PPP declared Bobby Jindal to be the most popular Governor in the country. 58% of voters approved of him to only 34% who disapproved. Jindal's fortunes have seen an amazing shift since that time though, and our newest poll finds him to be the most unpopular Republican Governor of any state- and the second most unpopular Governor in the country overall.
Just 28% of voters now approve of Jindal to 59% who disapprove. That's an 11 point decline in his net approval just since February when he was already at a poor 37/57 standing. Even Republicans are pretty divided on Jindal (43/42) while independents (35/45) and Democrats (14/78) generally give him poor marks.
Jindal's White House prospects are dismal if his home state voters have anything to say about it. Just 17% of Louisianans think he should run for President in 2016 to 72% who believe he should sit it out. He ties for 4th among Republican primary voters as their top choice for their 2016 candidate- Rand Paul leads with 18% to 17% for Jeb Bush, 11% for Paul Ryan, 10% for Jindal and Chris Christie, 8% for Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, 5% for Rick Santorum, and less than 1% for Susana Martinez. (That's also an embarrassingly poor showing for Santorum given that he easily won the state's primary last year.)
Jindal wouldn't be likely to get to a general election but the news for him there is bad too- he trails Hillary Clinton 47/40 in a hypothetical match up. Every other Republican we looked at is more competitive with Clinton in the state- Ryan leads her 46/44, Paul does 45/44, Bush ties her at 44 each, and she leads Christie just 42/41. It looks like Clinton would have a chance to make Louisiana unusually competitive in any instance, but particularly so against Jindal.
Other notes from Louisiana:
-Mary Landrieu's poll numbers have barely changed since February and one reason for that is voters have no quibble with her support of expanded background checks for gun purchases. 75% support that to only 16% opposed, and even among Republicans it's a 65/23 spread. That was a very politically safe vote for Landrieu.
-We knew that Drew Brees in Louisiana would be one of the most popular people we've ever polled on so we decided to put those numbers in some context. 81% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to only 6% with a negative one. That makes him slightly more popular than Abraham Lincoln (78/10), almost identical to Mother Theresa (81/5), but not as strong as Jesus Christ (97/1). Those are the best numbers we've ever found for anyone in our polling.
Brees far exceeds the other football figures we looked at. His coach Sean Payton comes closest with a 65/8 rating. LSU coach Les Miles comes in at 40/20 which really is shockingly low for someone who's accomplished as much as him and speaks to the very high expectations of the program's fans. Former LSU coach Nick Saban checks in at 37/29. And unsurprisingly the lowest rated person we asked about was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at 19/41.
-And one final note from Louisiana- he may have been 3.5 years away from the White House when the storm hit, but slightly more Republicans in the state blame Barack Obama for the handling of Hurricane Katrina (29%) than do George W. Bush (28%). 44% don't have an opinion either way.
Full results here