Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

UNO Survey Research Center Poll Gauges Statewide Voter Sentiments on Senate Election

University of New Orleans political scientist Ed Chervenak is a go-to expert on the New Orleans political scene. University of New Orleans political scientist Ed Chervenak is a go-to expert on the New Orleans political scene. Today, as director of the UNO Survey Research Center, he released a new statewide survey offering insight into voter attitudes toward Louisiana's closely-watched
U.S. Senate race.

As Louisiana's closely-watched U.S. Senate race enters its final days, a new statewide survey from the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center offers insight into voter attitudes. The telephone poll of 590 registered voters was conducted from October 11-24.

Survey Says!

As Louisiana's closely-watched U.S. Senate race enters its final days, a new statewide survey from the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center offers insight into voter attitudes.

To review the full survey, click here.

The poll found that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is favored by likely voters in the primary while Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy is favored by likely voters in a potential runoff. One in five voters is undecided in the primary election.

"All indications point to an extremely tight Senate election in Louisiana between incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Bill Cassidy," said Ed Chervenak, director of the UNO Survey Research Center. "The most likely scenario is a runoff election between Landrieu and Cassidy in December with the advantage going to the Republican contender."

The survey covers three topics: voter perceptions of the current state of Louisiana, attitudes about health care policy and preferences in the Senate primary as well as a potential runoff.

Some of the other highlights of the poll are:
• A majority of registered voters say Louisiana is headed in the wrong direction.
• The biggest problems in the state are education and the economy.
• Evaluations of the national economy are negative while reactions about the state's economy were mixed.
• A majority of respondents express disapproval of both President Barack Obama and Governor Bobby Jindal.
• Six-in-ten registered voters say the state should accept the Medicaid dollars from the federal government.
• Half of respondents express strong opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
• Perceptions of the Affordable Care Act improve after respondents learn details of the plan.
• One-quarter of Republican likely voters are undecided in the primary election.
• Attitudes toward President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are influencing voter preference.

Sixty-four percent of respondents were white, while 31 percent were black and 5 percent described themselves as other. Forty-four percent of the voters who responded were male and 56 percent were female, with a median age of 45. The overall survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. 

 

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