Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) is a research center dedicated to high quality, state-of-the-art data collection and analytics, with a special emphasis on survey research. For more than 15 years we have advanced both practical and scholarly research while playing a leadership role in public policy development at the state and national level. We serve government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry, as well as academic researchers.Learn More
Louisiana has long struggled with more poverty and economic inequality than most other states. According to recent estimates, 15 percent of Americans live in poverty but 23 percent of Louisiana’s population live in poverty – the highest rate in the nation. Louisiana also ranks third among all states in income inequality. The 2016 Louisiana Survey, a project of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, shows that a majority of state residents share the view that the economic system unfairly favors the wealthy. Yet, the survey also shows the public is deeply divided over government assistance for the poor. In contrast, there is broad support for raising the minimum wage in the state.
This is the fifth in a series of reports from the 2016 Louisiana Survey.See More Projects
“The results from the Louisiana Survey should provide state leaders with an invaluable resource – and used wisely- should help advance the rebuilding process.”
“We needed a high quality survey done quickly because we wanted to capture time sensitive data. The staff at the PPRL helped us develop a great instrument, and collected nearly a 1,000 interviews in a very short period of time. They did a great job, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
“Our Planning team wanted to fill gaps with new programming, not duplicate already existing services for children who have exceptionalities. PPRL met with us from the start to listen to our goals. From that meeting, we quickly moved forward with a survey that reached our audience and fit our budget. Their work gave us a clear picture of needs from the people who will use our services.”