Mitch Landrieu Takes Lead in Governor’s Poll

According to a Voter Consumer Research poll obtained by LaPolitics, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu enjoys an eight-point lead over U.S. Sen. David Vitter. It’s one of the first surveys released in the developing race for governor showing Landrieu, a Democrat, overtaking the Republican junior senator from Metairie.

The poll was conducted for the Louisiana State Medical Society and PhRMA. The sponsors included Landrieu, who hasn’t said he’s running, and Vitter, who has, in addition to others.

The results were:

— Landrieu, 33 percent

— Vitter, 25 percent

— Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, 11 percent

— Treasurer John Kennedy, 9 percent

—State Rep. John Bel Edwards, so far the only major Democrat declared for the race, 8 percent.

Treasurer Kennedy also has not said he is running.

The survey further asked a series of health care questions important to the sponsors. Respondents disapproved, 56-34 percent, of a provision in the ACA that allows insurance companies not to pay doctors for treatment to patients who are more than 30 days behind on their premiums.

Respondents likewise strongly disapproved, 78-15 percent, of any state or insurance policy that would deny treatment to patients based on life expectancy. Such a policy exists in Oregon, but closer to home PhRMA supports HB 336 by Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, which would ensure the right to treatment if the patient and doctor agree it is in the patient’s best interest.

MORE ABOUT THE POLL:

Dates Conducted: Feb. 20-25, 2014

Margin of Error: +/- 4 percent

Sample Size: 600

Demographics: White, 59 percent; black,  30 percent; male, 45 percent; female, 55 percent; Republican, 27 percent; Democrat, 39 percent; independent, 25 percent.

The Question:

And although it is a long way off, if the election for Governor were held today who would you vote for between:

Jay Dardenne, a Republican – 11 percent

John Bel Edwards, a Democrat – 8 percent

John Kennedy, a Republican – 9 percent

Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat – 33 percent

David Vitter, a Republican – 25 percent

None / won’t vote – 1 percent

Other – 1 percent

Don’t know – 12 percent

Refused – 1 percent

*Link to the Poll