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 writes about the people, the politics, and the magic of Louisiana. He is the founder and publisher of the Bayou Brief and a contributing writer for the Daily Beast. Lamar is best known for his investigative reporting on public corruption, racism, and civil rights. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and he's been the subject of profiles in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. Before launching the Bayou Brief, he published CenLamar, a popular blog that initially covered the drama of City Hall in his hometown of Alexandria. Lamar is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Today he lives in New Orleans and is currently writing a book about the life of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello.