Barbour Ends With Highest Numbers In Country
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.
** 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).