A UNO statewide poll finds 6-out-of-10 Louisiana residents blame former Governor Bobby Jindal for the state's budget problems. The state legislature is set to begin a third special session to correct a budget deficit since Jindal left office. UNO political scienstist Ed Chervenak says the state's fiscal troubles started early in Jindal's term.
"This is something that has been going on for at least 10 years now, so people probably think it has become institutional," Chervenak said.
Chervenak says even though legislators are set to enter another special session where budget cuts will be required, Governor John Bel Edwards continues to have a strong approval rating of 49%.
"It seems down a bit from the last time we did a poll, but the numbers are still strong," Chervenak said. "I think people are giving him the benefit of the doubt that he's at least trying to address the situation."
The telephone survey interviewed over 900 Louisiana residents earlier this week. Chervenak says two-thirds of respondents say there is a need for a special legislative session.
"There's been some controversy by whether in fact we do need it, but it seems that the governor has the public's pulse on this and so they seem to agree with what he wants to do," Chervenak said.
The budget-deficit elimination special session begins Monday night.