Broad Support for Public Access to Government Records in General


Louisiana has come under increased scrutiny over the issue of government transparency and public access to state records. The Center for Public Integrity, a watchdog group that tracks transparency and ethics policies across the United States, recently assigned a grade of F to Louisiana for its record on public access to government information.


Do the residents of Louisiana share this concern about the need for access to government records? The 2016 Louisiana Survey, a project of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, shows there is broad support for the principles of transparency and public access to government records. However, when it comes to putting these principles in practice, support is sensitive to the specific kinds of records at issue.


This is the sixth in a series of releases about findings from the 2016 Louisiana Survey.