The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has released the results of a new statewide poll on the 2016 U.S. Senate and presidential elections. John Kennedy is the frontrunner in the Senate primary while Charles Boustany and Foster Campbell are tied for second. In the presidential race, 49 percent of likely voters support Donald Trump while 35 percent favor Hillary Clinton.
The poll, which was conducted by Ed Chervenak, director of the Survey Research Center, and research associates Elizabeth Juhasz and Anthony Licciardi, surveyed 603 likely Louisiana voters.
Here are some of the other highlights of the poll:
In the U.S. Senate race, 22 percent of voters favor Republican John Kennedy while 15 percent support both Republican Charles Boustany and Democrat Foster Campbell. Eleven percent favor Republican John Fleming and 10 percent support Democrat Caroline Fayard. All other candidates received single digit percentages.
A double-digit gender gap exists in presidential preference. Four-in-10 women support Hillary Clinton while just over one-quarter of men say they will vote for her. Women are basically split between Donald Trump and Clinton, but men are solidly in the Trump column by a two-to-one margin.
A majority of likely voters say Louisiana is headed in the wrong direction, but respondents are more positive than they were a year ago.
Governor John Bel Edwards’ job approval rating is 56 percent.
President Barack Obama’s job performance rating is up slightly from two years ago.
Evaluations of the national economy are negative.
To read the full results of the survey, please click here.
Since 1986, the UNO Survey Research Center has collected information about public opinions, beliefs and values on a wide range of social, economic and political issues. In that time, it has gained a reputation for accuracy and integrity in public opinion research.