Leslie Turk

Landrieu leading Kennedy 50-38 in statewide poll

by Leslie Turk

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has a 50 percent-38 percent lead over her Republican challenger, state Treasurer John Kennedy, with 11.6 percent of voters undecided, according to a statewide poll. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

Louisiana's senior senator, Landrieu is seeking a third term.

Interviews for the poll by Southern Media & Opinion Research were completed between March 26 and April 9 by telephone with 600 likely Louisiana voters; the results were released last week. Voters were asked who they'd vote for if the November election were held today.

Landrieu also received a 70 percent approval rating, which pollster Bernie Pinsonat says is extremely good, and Kennedy almost 48 percent. The good news for Kennedy is that 45 percent of the voters said they do not know enough about him to give an impression, so he has room to grow.

Pinsonat says that he isn't working for either candidate.