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Poll: Landrieu’s Energy Committee Chairmanship Isn’t Going to Save Her This Fall


Likely Louisiana voters aren’t too impressed with Mary Landrieu’s recent appointment to the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and a majority still want to vote her out, according to a new poll.

The Bernie Pinsonat-SMOR survey finds Landrieu’s approval is well underwater: 39 percent of voters approve of the job she’s doing, an all-time low, and 58 percent disapprove. But her campaign had hoped that her new leadership role, which may enable her to help out Louisana’s large oil-and-gas industry, would boost her fortunes.

When asked if Landrieu’s new role changed their opinion of keeping her in office, 59 percent of likely Louisiana voters responded that “electing someone new was more important.” The number was even higher among those who initially responded that they were undecided in the race – 72 percent thought someone new was a greater priority.

Landrieu took over the Energy Committee earlier this year following former Montana senator Max Baucus’s appointment to be the U.S. ambassador to China; the move was seen as a political play to help her hold onto her seat.

When the poll asked about whom voters would support in Louisana’s jungle primary, Landrieu led Republican congressman Bill Cassidy 36 percent to 35 percent (17 percent remain undecided, with the rest split among other Republican candidates). If no candidate reaches 50 percent, the top two voter-getters move to a run-off.


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