An LSU Public Policy Research Lab survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support two of Governor John Bel Edwards' major policy issues – criminal justice reform and Medicaid expansion. Of those surveyed, 61% say they support the sweeping changes made last year.
LSU's Dr. Mike Henderson says there seems to be support on changing the state's sentencing laws, because over half of the respondents believe the system is not fair.
69% of the respondents approve of Medicaid expansion, which took effect in June of 2016. Some 430,000 Louisiana residents enrolled in the government funded health insurance. Henderson says those polled aren’t concerned about the costs.
"In the past we've done experiments where we've we've asked people about how it might impact potential costs to the state one day and it didn't matter, I think people find this idea of expanding coverage to be an attractive idea."
Henderson says since the approval ratings are high on these two major policy changes, it could help the governor get re-elected.