UNO poll shows Senate candidate Duke unpopular with Louisiana voters

According to the survey of Louisiana voters, David Duke is considered an unfavorable candidate by a margin of six to one.
According to the survey of Louisiana voters, David Duke is considered an unfavorable candidate by a margin of six to one. | File photo
A study conducted by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center determined that 82 percent of likely Louisiana voters view U.S. Senate candidate David Duke unfavorably.

The Survey Research Center conducted a robocall on July 27th and 28th and the results were analyzed by University of New Orleans graduate research assistant Tony Licciardi under the advisement of Survey Research Director, Edward Chevenak.

“Our goal was to learn about the public’s perception of David Duke since he recently announced his candidacy for the open U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana,” Chervenak said.

According to the survey, Duke is considered an unfavorable candidate by a margin of six to one. Young respondents viewed Duke as unfavorable but were still twice as likely to view him more favorably than the oldest respondents. People in the survey who do not hold a college degree viewed Duke more favorably than their college educated counterparts. Duke’s favorability rating was also noticeable based on location as 9 in 10 voters in Congressional Districts 2 and 3 rated him unfavorably while 1 in 5 in District 5 rated him favorably.

“The poll indicates that there is a wholesale rejection of Duke’s candidacy by likely Louisiana voters,” Chervenak said. “Eighty-four percent of respondents in our poll reported that they would not vote for David Duke in the primary and three-quarters of them declared that they would not vote for him even if he ended up in the runoff against a Democrat.”

Details of the survey and its results can be found at http://www.uno.edu/cola/political-science/documents/duke-poll.pdf

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