Poll: 70 percent approval for Landrieu, 53 for council
Chris Miller Reporting
A new poll from UNO on local politics shows Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets pretty high marks as he enters the final year of this term.
UNO surveyed 552 New Orleans residents, and found that 70 percent of them approve of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's job performance. UNO pollster Ed Chervenak says it shows Landrieu has considerable political clout.
"Certainly, when the mayor's at 70 percent, that means he has very strong public backing in the decisions that he's making and the job that he's doing," Chervenak explained.
And Chervenak said the poll shows Landrieu's support is broad based. His approval numbers from blacks is 66.7 percent, 81.6 percent from whites, and 68.4 percent from Hispanics. Among Asians, however, Landrieu received a 60 percent disapproval rating.
"He's able to transcend a lot of the ethnic and racial divide in the city and maintain support among all these various groups," said Chervenak.
The New Orleans City council gets overall good approval ratings, but not as high as the mayor's: 53 percent. Chervenak says that's typical in these types of surveys.
"It's difficult for legislatures to attain the type of approval ratings that executives enjoy," Chervenak said.
The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percent.