Posted: Jan 3, 2011 7:08 PM by Carolyn Cerda
The man who started a petition to recall Governor Jindal is looking for more support. Opelousas native Ronnie Ceasar is hosting town hall meetings throughout the state. Monday, he held two in Lake Charles and Lafayette. But, a new poll suggests supporters have already spoken.
Last week, a poll released by Public Policy Polling placed Jindal at the top of their list. The topic, the "Most Popular Governor in the Nation." Jindal came in only second to former West Virginia Governor Joe Machin (D).
"I think Louisiana really likes Governor Jindal and is hoping that he'll succeed," said Pearson Cross, KATC Political Analyst and UL Political Science professor.
Ceasar however, thinks quite the opposite. He believes Jindal is the worst governor Louisiana has ever had. There's even a report to back his beliefs. Last April the organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, ranked Jindal as America's fourth worst governor. Ceasar filled the petition to recall Jindal three weeks ago, because he says people are fed up with Jindal's cuts to health care and higher education.
Cross says those issues may actually have an effect on Jindal's approval rating. Although it's still one of the highest in the country, it's fallen to just 58%.
"These poll numbers are about 20 points from where he was. He used to walk on water," said Cross. "But, he's still the highest rated governor in the U.S. He's still got room to feel good about himself."
Cross says even with the drop in ratings, a recall is not likely. He said, "You will never get a recall petition because it takes over 900,000 signatures... It's just not going to happen."
Meantime, the petitioner, Ronnie Cesear is hoping to prove the poll and politcal analysts wrong. He's continue the town hall meetings across the state. This week, he'll hold meetings in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.