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Barbour Ends With Highest Numbers In Country

December 9, 2011

Public Policy Polling, which did a slew of polling on Mississippi before the elections in November, gave Haley Barbour a 60 percent approval rating compared to 29 percent who disapprove. Of the 37 governors’ they have polled this year, Barbour’s numbers are the highest of any.

As Barbour leaves office after eight years, he will exit with approval ratings greater than either of his two victories, and can certainly smile at the shape the party is in as everyone prepares for life after Barbour.

And here are some recently released (somewhat) random polls (links here and here) from PPP:

** Newt Gingrich has a +38 favorability rating (63/25) in Mississippi among primary voters, while Mitt Romney is at -37 (25/62).

** Support for gay marriage has made basically no gains in the seven years since the state passed a constitutional amendment outlawing it. Voters oppose it by a 78-13 margin and a majority (60 percent) oppose any legal recognition for gays. There is virtually no racial split here, with black voters maybe being one or two points more likely to support additional gay rights.

** Just 10 percent of voters favor leaving the union; numbers that are lower than support in Hawaii and Texas (14 percent each).

** In the matchup of the century, Abraham Lincoln starts with a large lead over Jefferson Davis, 55-28. Davis is clearly going to have to do better with his party to pull this out; he is getting trounced 76-10 among Democrats while Lincoln has a 45-36 edge among Republicans. Interestingly, the two are split among independents, 44-44. Lincoln is very strong among black voters, leading 72-13.

** Ole Miss has fallen to the third most popular sports team in the state. Mississippi State topped the list with 36 percent favoring MSU, 27 percent for Southern Miss, and just 21 percent selecting Ole Miss. Going 2-10 with three straight Egg Bowl loses will do that for you. But here is an interesting note from the crosstabs: Among those 18-29, Southern Miss is the top choice favored by 41 percent of voters in that age group.

** But Colonel Reb still has support across the state. A majority, 52 percent, support a constitutional amendment designating the outlawed mascot as the school’s official mascot. Only 22 percent oppose the move. You may remember that Rep. Mark DuVall, an MSU alum, made headlines throughout the state and region when he proposed such legislation earlier this year. That didn’t go anywhere and DuVall was soundly defeated in November (for other reasons I believe), and I don’t see any new life for similar legislation, but who knows?

Broken down by race, white voters support the move by a 62/14 margin while black voters oppose it by a 19/46 margin. Moreover, Republican support the constitutional amendment 69-11 while Democrats oppose it by just ten points (29/39).

** This was somewhat surprising to me, but Brett Favre is still viewed pretty favorably in his home state, as opposed to Wisconsin. The Kiln native has a 52/18 approval rating.

** The Braves are the favorite baseball team of voters at 38 percent, with 13 percent choosing the Cardinals, and nine percent leaning toward the Cubs. But if you like the Cubs or Yankees, you are more likely to a Democrat while the Braves are nine percent more popular among Republicans. At the same time, nine percent of Republicans like the Rangers compared to just one percent of Democrats.

Among NFL teams, not surprisingly the Saints are the favorite, but at just 42 percent. Cowboys were second at 10 percent with eight percent favoring the Packers and Colts. Saints are the universal favorite, but Democrats help bolster numbers for the Cowboys and Packers while Republicans like the Colts and Giants. (Maybe they should have polled the Manning name).

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Coast Rat 4ever permalink
    December 9, 2011 8:21 am

    It should be no surprise that Governor Barbour is leaving office with an overwhelming approval rating. His leadership abilities are recognized not just in Mississippi, but nation-wide, too. Governor Barbour has the very rare ability to survive making tough, non-politically popular decisions. Many of his detractors, those that oppose him politically and philosophically, respect him and will readily admit that he is a very worthy adversary who stands his ground and makes things happen. He is a leader’s, leader. Mississippi will certainly miss Governor Barbour who appears to be moving toward a more national role that will continue to be very beneficial to Mississippi. I suspect he has a long political life left in him as a “rock star” amongst R leadership nationwide.

  2. Grizz permalink
    December 9, 2011 9:07 am

    On the issue of Gay marraige,I suggest then that Barney Frank AND Barack Obama
    ( or whatever his name is ) do not move to Ms.

    As for Haley,WHATEVER his shortcomings may,or may not be,remember,Katrina struck here in Ms.,not N.O.,and that when Gov.Blanco let La. sink into despair and ruination,our Conservative Gov.Saved our State with his leadership.

  3. Dylan permalink
    December 9, 2011 11:32 am

    What’s the bit about Abe Lincoln and Jefferson Davis? Is it a mock election poll sort of thing?

    Also, in what part of the state do you think the wackos who want to leave the Union live?

    • December 9, 2011 1:52 pm

      Dylan, it was all part of a poll they did. They just did one poll I imagine but asked a million questions apparently. I just noticed these now but there from several weeks ago.

  4. Queen Guinevere permalink
    December 9, 2011 11:33 am

    Mississippians are sheep.

  5. December 9, 2011 11:45 am

    Nothing relating to Col. Reb will happen in the legislature for the same reason they didn’t take up the state flag issue – no one wants to hand their potential opponents anything that will smack of racism. Duvall was courageous in his attempt, and like you I don’t believe it had anything to do with his defeat, but you never know if Democrats in his district didn’t feel a little betrayed by it. I didn’t go to school here and don’t have a dog in the hunt, but I’d be surprised if the state’s leaders thought this was something that needs any action from them.

  6. FreeStater permalink
    December 9, 2011 8:42 pm

    There is an iniative in the works to get a Colonel Reb amendment on the ballot: http://colonelrebpac.com/
    That is probably why PPP asked this question.

  7. Yankee Clipper permalink
    December 10, 2011 12:13 am

    While I do not any longer support any of Ole Miss’s athletic programs, due to a seating problem with with the Athletic Dept. I was a long time season ticket holder and got moved to very undesireable seats and when I complained I was told, “if I didn’t like it (the new seats) I didn’t have to buy tickets to athletic events.” I immediately cancelled all my season tickets for the various sports I enjoyed supporting and have not been to any events in about 7 years now. I actually enjoy seeing Ole Miss’s sports teams lose and the programs fail.

    That said, I do support the return of Colonel Reb and suggest the participants of Ole Miss sporting events start wearing Confederate Colonel uniforms to all sporting events. That was done in past years and had fallen out of fashion in our pc environment.

  8. Yankee Clipper permalink
    December 10, 2011 12:20 am

    Oh yea, Haley Barbour has been a very good governor. I would like to see him on the national scene again, I believe he has the ability to help turn this country around.

  9. it's about time permalink
    December 10, 2011 11:34 am

    National Scene, yeah.

  10. Dale permalink
    December 12, 2011 6:04 am

    the colonel reb constitutional amendment support is flat out embarrassing for several reasons. might also partly explain why mitt romney’s favorability rating are surprisingly low. just reaffirms my thought that our state has gotten more close-minded in the last 10 years.

  11. Dontreadonme permalink
    December 13, 2011 11:24 pm

    Col. Reb amendment 52% Ole Miss favorablity 21% doesn’t look good for Ole Miss

  12. John Summey permalink
    January 10, 2012 10:59 am

    The reason I don’t give money to any party is because of things like the ex-gov of Mississppi just pulled .If the republicans were really interested in the voters they would push to have the law changed both locally and nationally so the hair brained officals could not pardon anyone that is convicted of a crime without a statewide or national vote approving it. And by the way we were going to the Mississippi guls for vacation this yeat but now we will be going to Alabama instead unless their Gov. does something like this .SHAME ON YOU EX-GOV. barbour!!!!

    • Republican Dawg permalink
      January 10, 2012 11:09 am

      Democrats had 120 years to do something, actually more than 130 if you consider a veto from Fordice was worthless in the 90s with the D control of the legislture. Now that they are out of power and think they finally have a winning issue, Democrats are calling for something.

      Also, i can assume you didn’t vote for a man named Michael Dukakis once upon a time?

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