Bobby Jindal's approval rating with Louisiana voters is 55%, and while voters in the state don't want him to run for President in 2012 they'll vote for him if he does.
Jindal's popularity in the state ranks him third among 17 Governors PPP has polled on around the country so far in 2009, trailing only Arkansas' Mike Beebe and Delaware's Jack Markell. That's certainly a testament to his appeal, but it also says something about how unpopular Governors are right now that a 55% approval can put you in the 80th percentile.
80% of Republicans, 59% of independents, and 32% of Democrats give Jindal good reviews. That level of crossover support is pretty unusual in this highly polarized nation.
Despite (or maybe because of) his popularity most voters in the state wish Jindal would pass on a possible 2012 Presidential bid. Just 27% say they would like to see him run while 61% say he should not. That's a combination of his supporters wishing he would stay right where he is and his detractors not wanting him to rise any higher.
Nevertheless in a potential contest against Barack Obama, Jindal leads 54-40, including a 61-29 advantage among independents.
50% of Louisianans disapprove of Obama's job performance so far with just 44% rating him positively, no great surprise in a state that he lost by 20 points last November. Obama has the support of 74% of Democrats, 30% of independents, and 12% of Republicans. While 91% of African Americans think he's doing a good job, only 25% of whites do.
We also looked at Sarah Palin. 46% of voters have a positive opinion of her with 42% unfavorable, and she leads Obama 49-42 in a potential contest.
It's interesting in comparing how Palin and Jindal stack up against Obama that she does almost as well as Jindal among Democrats, but has leads smaller than his by ten points or more with Republicans and independents.
Finally, Mary Landrieu's reviews are split right down the middle, with 43% approving and 43% disapproving of her job performance.
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