Bernie Pinsonat

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard analyzes the Regular Session as lawmakers try to finish early to convene for a special session on the budget. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political trail in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway with Tom Schedler resigning as Secretary of State and President Trump paying 130-thousand dollars to Stormy Daniels. Author Catherine Reid on “The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables.”

  Advocate Reporter Elizabeth Crisp on the move by Senator Sharon Hewitt to address sexual harassment cases in state government. The Advocate is also asking women to come forward anonymously and tell their stories. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political climate in our state less than two years from the next statewide election cycle. Author Anne C. Bailey of Binghamton University on her book, “The Weeping Time, The Largest Slave Auction in American History.” 

  Louisiana Pollster Bernie Pinsonat discusses the political landscape in Louisiana 39 weeks after the inauguration of President Trump. The state’s congressional delegation continues to back the president’s agenda in a state won by Donald Trump by 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. How does the national political environment affect Louisiana where less than 14-percnet of the electorate cast ballots last week in a statewide election for Treasurer. Also, documentary filmmaker James Younger on his work, “The Story of US,” now appearing on the National Geographic Channel. Younger collaborated with veteran actor Morgan Freeman on this project after the two combined previously for “The Story of God.” 

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat talks about President Donald Trump's popularity in Louisiana and how Republican lawmakers in the state might still be reluctant to challenge initiatives from an embattled president.

Can Vitter Heal the GOP for the Win?

Oct 28, 2015

Having garnered just 23-percent of the vote in the primary election, David Vitter has the bigger numerical hill to climb in order to win the November 21st runoff. Yet all together, Republican candidates took home 57-percent of the vote.

“He’s got to pull all that together, and he’s got to get them united,” pollster Bernie Pinsonat says, adding this time, that’s easier said than done.

“Because of the attack ads, his challenge is greater.”

Pinsonat: Budget Woes Grow Voter Apathy

Oct 20, 2015
S. Lincoln

More than a few political experts have voiced dismay over apparent voter apathy as we head into Saturday’s primary election. Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, saying that’s because the budget problem – big as it is – is nothing new.

“The sky is falling has happened for the last seven years in Louisiana. We went broke – again. And that’s been going on forever.”

Lawmakers have managed to avoid implementing the doomsday scenarios, thus far. So many people believe they don’t have to worry right now.

“They know something’s wrong, but it hasn’t resulted in people paying more taxes,” Pinsonat explains.

Independent opinion pollster Bernie Pinsonat is the first guest today, and he and Jim discuss how the numbers are looking the closer we get to election day, and what the history of Louisiana voting can teach us. Bernie tells us how a lot can happen in these last few days before November 4th, especially as the reality of election day and the thought of voting begins to enter the minds of many voters in the state. As of now, Bernie says, the poll numbers a pretty jumbled between the 5th and 6th District Congressional  races, and the only thing we can predict for sure is seeing Edwin Edwards and Jamie Mayo in the runoffs.

A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first black undergrad to attend LSU and Felicia Harry, board member of the 2014 LSU Legends Forum, are with us to talk with Jim about the homecoming event this evening at 6:00pm at Peabody Hall on the LSU campus. The LSU Legends Forum recognizes excellence in African-American graduation from LSU, and tonight they will be establishing the Tureaud Alumni Chapter 1964 Scholarship.

Also, 2012 Nobel Peace Prize candidate Father Roy Bourgeois, a native of Louisiana and former Catholic priest, is with us to discuss his coming arrival to Baton Rouge this weekend. In 2008 Father Roy was excommunicated latae sententiae from the Catholic Church for attending and being a celebrant in the ordination of a woman; and he tells Jim how this affects him but does not break the bond he has with God. He's the recipient this year of the Wade Mackie Peacemaking Award from the Bienville House for Peace and Justice, and will receive the award this Saturday October 25th at the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge.

Professor Cathy Kling of Iowa State University, Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Marine Consortium, and Professor Eugene Turner of LSU's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences join the show for the first two segments to discuss the Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone." The three of them have been co-authors on recently published journal reports on the "Dead Zone" and they discuss and explain the causes of it, the impacts of it (both economically and environmentally), as well as ways to help reduce it.

Also, pollster Bernie Pinsonat joins us in studio to close out today's show. He and Jim discuss the upcoming November elections in Louisiana, as well as the recent remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal on his bid for the White House.

Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat talks with Jim about recent poll  numbers that seem to indicate slim chances of re-election next Fall for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

Bernie Pinsonat, of Southern Media & Opinion Research, discusses the federal government shutdown and the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

George Washington University political science professor John Sides reflects on the 2012 Presidential election, and how Barack Obama overcame odds to win by 5-million votes.

Sarah Leen, Director of  National Geographic Photography talks about their October issue "Power of Photography".