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Statewide survey looks at leadership

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A new survey has come out gauging the political feeling in Louisiana. 

Almost 2,000 active voters in the state were surveyed about their stances on various political issues. Pollster Don Turner says, the results are clear. 

"I'd say they're looking for change that matters," said Turner, of Turner Research in Leesville. 

The survey was commissioned by an anonymous group of teachers. Local educators say, it's teachers who could have the most influence in state politics this year.

"One of the things is, education drives our country," said James Stewart, the 7th district representative for the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. 

The survey also says more than half of voters are looking for new faces, not politicians.

"They're looking for someone with a proven record of accomplishments," said Turner. "Not political accomplishments, but in business and other endeavors."

In Alexandria, councilman-at-large and businessman Lee Rubin matches that description. Rubin ran for office for the first time against a 12-year incumbent, and won.

"If they've been successful in running a business that's what government is," Rubin said. "Government is a big business."

U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister's path to office was similar: elected as a businessman running against a long-time politician.

"Know how to keep their spending within budget," Rubin said of McAllister. "That know how to work with employees."

Only about 20 percent of those polled say things are "good" in Louisiana right now. Who do they blame for bad conditions? Survey says: Governor Bobby Jindal and the state government. After that 30 percent blame the federal government, and only six percent blame President Obama.

"They are convinced the problem lies in Baton Rouge," Turner said. 

As for the question of who will be our next governor--the answer might surprise you. Don Turner says, it would be a race between Senator David Vitter, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and Angola State Prison Warden Burl Cain, even suggesting Warden Cain would come in second. 

We called Warden Cain for comment. He says he's "Shocked, honored. I didn't even know people were thinking of me that much."

"Usually when we have an election in Louisiana, we change the names on the doors and the stationery, and then business goes on as usual," said Don Turner. "This time, I think it's going to mandate, the voters are going to mandate a change that matters."

Turner says the margin of error for this poll is plus or minus 2 percent.

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