Bobby Jindal's approval rating slips below Obama's in latest Louisiana poll

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 03, 2013 05:43 hrs

Washington: Indian-origin Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's approval rating has taken a dive, as people in the state have become more frustrated with his plans for Louisiana, a new poll has found.

According to a Southern Media and Opinion Research survey analysis, the Republican governor's job approval has sunk 13 percentage points, from 51 percent to 38 percent, since last October.

The survey found that Jindal's abrupt decline has to do with his handling of health care and taxes, Politico reports.

Nearly two thirds, 63 percent, opposed the governor's tax swap proposal, which eliminates state income taxes but increases sales taxes, while only 27 percent supported the plan.

A larger majority, 75 percent, were even more dissatisfied with the public health care, saying they found little or no progress in the state's system.

The poll found that while President Barack Obama did not exactly earn the love of the majority of the voters, he still came out with a 43 percent job approval rating, putting him five percentage points ahead of Jindal.

Louisiana is a red state Obama lost in the 2012 elections by more than 17 points. Jindal has been mentioned as a possible GOP contender for the White House in 2016. 

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