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Cannizzaro Popularity Craters Amid Widespread Claims Of Abuse Of Office

Across nearly all sub-groups, Cannizzaro is held in low esteem by voters.

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. is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, a resident of New Orleans, a product of the state public education system, a graduate of Rice University in Houston and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Prior to launching the Bayou Brief, Lamar published the award-winning blog site, CenLamar, and worked for more than five years as an executive assistant to his hometown mayor. Lamar's investigative reporting has been referenced by every major news publication in the country, and he has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Advocate.

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