Mar 20, 2024 - Politics

Closing Louisiana primaries remains unpopular, poll finds

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Fewer Louisianans support closing state primaries today than they did before lawmakers opted to do so during a special legislative session earlier this year, according to a new poll.

Why it matters: A bill filed in the state Legislature would close even more primary elections.

By the numbers: Before lawmakers closed some state primaries, 56% of Louisianans disagreed with the move, according to JMC Analytics and Polling.

  • That number has now jumped to 69%, JMC says.

Yes, but: JMC Analytics and Polling conducted the poll for an unnamed "private subscriber." The company surveyed 660 likely voters between Feb. 19-21, and the poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.

What's next: Lawmakers could close more primaries if HB595, authored by Rep. Julie Emerson, gets passed.

  • The bill has been assigned to a committee but not yet debated.
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