UNO Poll Finds Sharply Divided Electorate

Oct 28, 2016

The University of New Orleans has released polling results ahead of the November 8th election. A front-runner has appeared in the crowded U-S Senate race.

State Treasurer John Kennedy is leading the pack of 23 candidates.

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak :

“He’s at 22 percent.  Charles Boustany and Foster Campbell are tied for second at 15 percent. And then we have John Fleming and Carolyn Fayard around 10 percent.” 

That means a runoff for December.

The UNO poll was conducted by phone last month of 603 likely voters. And they are a divided bunch.

“I think the big thing to take away from this poll is the level of polarization that’s in the state. We see significant divides in opinion on economics, on politics, between whites and blacks and we also see it between Democrats and Republicans," he said. "So we’re seeing real different opinions about what’s going on in the state based on race and based on party."  

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton – his 49 percent to her 35 percent.