-David Vitter will start the 2015 race for Governor as a pretty strong early favorite. He has a 51/33 approval spread, some of the best numbers we've seen for him during his time in the Senate. Vitter leads in hypothetical match ups with Democrats Mitch Landrieu (50/37) and John Bel Edwards (51/30), and would also have the upper hand against fellow Republican Jay Dardenne (41/29) if two candidates from their party made it through to the runoff. Dardenne also leads Landrieu (46/36) and Edwards (48/27) in hypothetical contests so the GOP starts out ahead by double digits in every possible iteration we looked at.
-Bobby Jindal continues to be one of the most unpopular Governors in the country, with only 35% of voters approving of him to 53% who disapprove. Even among Republican primary voters in his home state only 37% want him to run for President, compared to 51% who think he should sit it out. Mike Huckabee is the top choice of GOP primary voters in the state at 20% to 13% for Jindal, 12% for Ted Cruz, 10% for Rand Paul, 9% for Jeb Bush, 8% each for Chris Christie and Paul Ryan, 7% for Marco Rubio, and 2% for Scott Walker.
All the Republican contenders for President lead Hillary Clinton in hypothetical contests, but the margins are closer than they've been in the state since her husband was on the ticket. Christie leads her by just a point at 44/43, Jindal's up 2 at 47/45, Paul leads by 4 points at 47/43, Huckabee has a 5 point advantage at 49/44, and the strongest Republican with a 7 point edge at 50/43 is Jeb Bush.
-Louisiana is one state where gay marriage isn't going to be legal any time soon unless the courts make it so. Only 28% of voters in the state think it should be allowed compared to 62% who think it should be illegal, and even among Democrats there's 33/55 opposition. Nevertheless you can still see signs that acceptance will come eventually- 54% of voters favor at least civil unions for same sex couples with only 43% opposed to any sort of recognition at all.
-Louisiana sees a similar sort of divide on the marijuana issue. Voters there are not ready for recreational marijuana, with only 30% supporting it to 61% who are opposed. But they're fine with medical marijuana with the numbers nearly reversed- 60% support it and only 30% are against. There's bipartisan support for legalization of medical marijuana with Democrats (70/22), independents (59/26), and Republicans (50/40) alike all in favor of it.
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