BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern Media & Opinion Research Inc. has released its latest survey of Louisiana voters on key issues at the state and federal level, as well as job approval ratings for several of the state’s top elected officials.  Results indicate that voters are more concerned about healthcare than higher education, and that Governor Jindal's approval rating, will still at 55%, has dropped from 68% soon after his election.

The poll, developed and conducted by Southern Opinion & Media Research, included telephone interviews with 600 randomly selected Louisiana voters from Nov. 15-17. The overall margin of error is 4 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.

Among the findings:

  • More than half of the respondents – 55 percent – said they would rather spare health care than higher education from budget cuts.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approval rating plummets to 55 percent – a 13- point drop from nearly 68 percent in April 2009. Jindal’s negative job rating is up to 43 percent from 37 percent in the spring 2010 survey. Jindal’s well publicized out-of-state travels remain unpopular among respondents as well.
  • State Treasurer John Kennedy now has the highest approval rating for statewide elected officials at 61 percent. His advocacy for reducing the number of state employees is popular among respondents.
  • A significant number of respondents – 39 percent – said conditions in Louisiana were getting worse, while 19 percent said conditions were getting better.
  • While the state faces deep budget cuts, raising taxes would be very unpopular. Seventy-two percent of respondents said state tax dollars are being spent unwisely, while 62 percent said they think the state’s financial crisis is caused by too much spending.
  • Setting up what could be a contentious issue in the 2011 legislative session, a mere 8 percent of respondents agreed that unclassified state employees making more than $175,000 per year is justified.

Southern Media & Opinion Research was created and is funded by Lane Grigsby in "an effort to share the thoughts of the electorate with Louisiana elected officials." Grigsby has committed to underwriting a Louisiana voter survey biannually. For more information and to view the complete survey results and analysis, click here.  According to, Grigsby supports candidates irrespective of party affiliation.  To view Grigsby's political contributions click on the following:  2010 :: 2008 :: 2006 :: 2004 :: 2002 :: 2000.

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