Cannizzaro Popularity Craters Amid Widespread Claims Of Abuse Of Office

A recent citywide survey indicates current Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro is widely unpopular with the New Orleans electorate. The Bayou Brief was exclusively provided with the findings, on the condition that the pollster’s name be redacted.

Among 495 surveyed New Orleanians likely to vote in the recent municipal election, Cannizzaro’s unfavorables outpaced his favorables by thirteen points.

Recent accusations regarding the DA’s abuse of his office – including the fake subpoenas scandal and the jailing of rape and domestic violence victims, in addition to Cannizzaro’s awkward attempt to tip the scales in the ongoing Mayor’s race through “anonymous” criminal complaints – seems to be profoundly damaging Cannizzaro’s credibility with the electorate.

Across nearly all sub-groups, Cannizzaro is held in low esteem by voters. Women and whites overall are especially displeased with the District Attorney, though African-Americans also rate Cannizzaro unfavorably.

Methodology statement:
495 likely New Orleans’ voters were surveyed November 8th, 2017 by interactive voter response technology. The survey was weighted by race to the most recent New Orleans elections. This survey segment carries a margin of error of +/-4.4%.

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.