Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approval ratings have plunged — as residents grow more pessimistic about his policies, according to the latest Southern Media Opinion & Research poll.
The survey of 600 adults statewide conducted March 18-20 found that Jindal had an approval rating of only 38 percent, down from 51 percent in October.
Sixty percent of the respondents said they disapproved of Jindal’s performance in the latest survey.
The GOP governor is seen as a possible contender for the White House in 2016.
The survey found that Jindal’s ratings were affected by several issues that remained unpopular among voters, including cuts to higher education and healthcare, plans to privatize the state’s charity hospital system, and Jindal’s proposed tax overhaul.
Jindal’s proposed tax-reform plan was broadly unpopular, with 63 percent of the respondents saying they opposed abolishing personal and corporate income taxes, while raising state sales taxes. Only 27 percent supported it, the survey found.
In addition, 47 percent of respondents said that budget cuts had a negative effect on them or their families — and 48 percent responded that conditions were getting worse on Jindal’s watch.
That compared with only 20 percent who said that conditions were improving, the survey found.
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