2019 Louisiana Survey: Most state residents support legalization of gambling on professional sports

Most state residents support making betting on professional sporting events legal in Louisiana. Majorities also support legalizing recreational marijuana use and oppose bans on assault weapons or high capacity magazines.

This is the sixth in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

2019 Louisiana Survey: Approval of state’s criminal justice reforms grows

Most state residents approve of recent changes to Louisiana’s criminal justice system. At the same time, however, few residents think the system is fair or effective at keeping communities safe.

This is the fifth in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

2019 Louisiana Survey: Majority supports state protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions if federal protections thrown out

If courts toss out federal protection for people with pre-existing health conditions, 74 percent of Louisiana residents want the state to establish its own protections even if doing so results in higher insurance costs for healthy people. Survey findings also show that 76 percent of Louisiana residents approve of Medicaid expansion.

This is the fourth in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

2019 Louisiana Survey: Bipartisan support for public school teacher pay raises and for $8.50 minimum wage

Support for raising public school teacher salaries is nearly unanimous among Louisiana residents, but there is less support – and more partisan division – on the question of raising taxes to fund the raise. Raising the minimum wage to $8.50 also has broad, bipartisan support. However, support drops significantly for a $15.00 minimum wage.

This is the third in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

2019 Louisiana Survey: Widespread misperceptions about state’s income, sales, and gasoline tax rates

Nearly half of Louisiana residents believe the state has raised personal income tax rates since 2015. Forty percent believe the state raised the sales tax rate last year. About one-third believe the per-gallon gasoline tax is higher than it is. The report also includes polling on use of surplus revenue and on a gasoline tax increase.

This is the second in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

2019 Louisiana Survey: More Louisiana residents say state is heading in the right direction

The percentage of state residents who say Louisiana is heading in the right direction has increased since 2018, but confidence in state government to solve problems and expectations for political compromise remains low.

This is the first in a series of six releases on results from the 2019 Louisiana Survey.

The Louisiana Survey

The Louisiana Survey is sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs in Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. The survey has been conducted each year since 2003 and twice in 2006, establishing rich longitudinal measures of public opinion in Louisiana. The mission of the Louisiana Survey is to establish benchmarks as well as to capture change in residents’ assessments of state government services.  The survey is further dedicated to tracking public opinion on the contemporary policy issues that face the state.  Each iteration of the Louisiana Survey contains core items designed to serve as barometers of public sentiment, including assessments of whether the state is heading in the right direction or wrong direction, perceptions about the most important problems facing the state, as well as evaluations of public revenue sources and spending priorities.

Community Resilience Study

Louisiana, and the Baton Rouge metropolitan area in particular, endured a series of tumultuous events in the summer of 2016, including the shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers, protests in response to this shooting, the murders of law enforcement officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola and Matthew Gerald, and unprecedented flooding.

To better understand how residents of Louisiana have reacted to these events and the profound social issues they raise, the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University commissioned the Community Resilience Study. The study consists of a survey administered to a statewide sample of adult Louisiana residents as well as a sample of residents in the metro Baton Rouge area: East Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys to collect information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. More than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year, making the BRFSS the largest telephone health survey in the world. For many states, the BRFSS is the only available source of timely and accurate data on health-related behavior. The data help states identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts. The Public Policy Research Lab administers the BRFSS for two states: Louisiana (since 2008) and Tennessee (since 2014).