A poll from the University of New Orleans finds that 49% of Louisiana residents surveyed give Governor John Bel Edward positive marks in his performance for his nearly eight months in office. UNO Pollster Ed Chervenak says they surveyed 600 likely voters and his favorability rating seems to be rising.

“It appears that they feel he is trying to do right by Louisiana even though many of them may disagree with the tax increases, at least he’s making an effort to right the ship.”

Chervenak says they conducted a poll in February and Edwards had an approval rating of 43%. He says in this latest poll, women were more approving of Edwards than men.

“Women tend to learn toward the Democratic Party to a greater extent than men, so I think it’s more along the lines of partisan ship as opposed to just gender.”

The UNO survey found that just over one third of the respondents gave a negative review of his job performance and 15% had no opinion. Chervenak says an approval rating near 50% isn’t bad for a Democrat in a red state.

“Our sample was predominately Republican and so that’s probably a good sign for him.