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Thumbs up for Brees, down for Duke and Jindal as president

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  Last week's poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling (PPP), showing 66 percent of Louisianans think Gov. Bobby Jindal should not run for president, made waves in state political circles (see Clancy DuBos' column, p. 12), but some down-poll results were more amusing than enlightening.

  Respondents were near even on the Edwin Edwards question, with 44 percent reporting an unfavorable opinion of the ex-governor and 42 percent favorable; 15 percent said they were unsure. Meanwhile, Klansman and former state Rep. David Duke is still extremely unpopular, with a rating of 76 percent unfavorable to 9 percent favorable, though 15 percent of respondents said they weren't sure how they feel about Duke.

  The Black and Gold nation might be surprised to find 41 percent of Louisianans have no opinion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The commissioner scored 42 percent unfavorable, 17 percent favorable. Meanwhile, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the only person in the poll who is more liked than Duke is disliked, with respondents rating him 86 percent favorably, 4 percent unfavorably and 11 percent unsure.

  PPP surveyed 603 Louisiana voters by phone from Feb. 8-12. The margin of error for the sample, according to PPP, is plus or minus 4 percent — but did the group know the last day of their survey was Mardi Gras? Hmm. — CHARLES MALDONADO & KEVIN ALLMAN


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