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Oil spills over into Jindal high

While the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis sunk the electoral prospects of then Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, who did not even seek a second term, her successor Indian-American Bobby Jindal may even have benefited from his handling of the oil spill.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2010 00:57 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

While the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis sunk the electoral prospects of then Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, who did not even seek a second term, her successor Indian-American Bobby Jindal may even have benefited from his handling of the oil spill.

In a recent poll conducted by the Washington-based Clarus Research Group of 600 registered voters, 61 per cent believed that Jindal had done an excellent or good job in dealing with the situation, while just 35 per cent said his performance was fair to poor. In contrast, the view on US President Obama’s role was dismal. Just 32 per cent favoured his actions, and more than double that number gave him the thumbs down.

In an interview, pollster and Clarus president Ron Faucheux said, “Jindal is by far the most popular public official in the state of those people we tested. Almost two-third of the state’s electorate approved of the Governor’s job performance.”

In fact, most political analysts have said that Jindal’s handling of the oil spill may have burnished his credentials ahead not only a re-election campaign next year to retain the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge, but possibly for a Presidential run in 2016.