Cantrell disapproval numbers take big jump amid controversy

Disapproval leap from 16% to 42%

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 17, 2020 - 1:10 pm

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's approval is slipping with voters, while here disapproval numbers have taken a sizable jump.  

Pollster Ed Chervenak says the big difference is among those who previously didn't know how they felt, who now don't like what the mayor is doing.

"We found that over time the number of people who didn't have an opinion of here has decreased, but the percentage of people who disapprove of her has increased over the last two years."

He says the mayor's disapproval is now at 42 percent, up for just 16 percent.  

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And her approval rating?

"In 2018 she was at 57 percent approval," according to Chervenak.

That has now slipped to 53 percent approval now.  

He calls that "still above water" with majority support.  

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The pollster also notes that no mayor in modern history has ever lost a race for a second term.  

This all comes amid controversy over a number of issues; including the mayor's back taxes, the Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse and her battle with firefighters.

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