Baton Rouge Post-Hurricane Katrina Survey: February-April, 2006*
(Entries are percentages)
Preliminary Results
 
How long have you lived in Baton Rouge?
1 year or less 5
2-10 years 16
11-20 years 12
21 years or more 29
All my life 35
Don't Know 3
No answer 1
100
How likely is it that you will move away from Baton Rouge within the next two years or so?
Very likely 17
Somewhat likely 12
Somewhat unlikely 9
Very unlikely 61
Don't Know 1
No answer 1
100
How long have you lived in your neighborhood?
1 year or less 12
2-10 years 43
11-20 years 17
21 years or more 17
All my life 8
Don't Know 3
No answer 0
100
  
Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can't be too careful in dealing with people?
Most people can be trusted 41
Can't be too careful 50
Other, depends (Volunteered) 7
Don't Know 1
No answer 0
100
Next, we'd like to know how much you trust different groups of people. First, think about (GROUP). Generally speaking, would you say that you can trust them a lot, some, only a little, or not at all?
Trust them a lot Trust them some Trust them only a little Trust them not at all (vol) Does not apply Don't Know Refused  
People in your neighborhood 46 34 11 6 1 1 0 100
People you work with 43 23 7 5 18 4 0 100
People at your church or place of worship 63 19 5 3 8 2 1 100
People who work in the stores where you shop 24 48 17 8 2 2 0 100
The police in your local community 41 40 9 8 1 2 0 100
White people 30 54 6 3 3 3 2 100
African Americans or Blacks 24 56 9 4 2 3 2 100
Asian people 23 52 9 4 5 4 2 100
Hispanics or Latinos 20 53 10 6 5 5 2 100
City government 14 48 23 12 1 2 0 100
State government 11 43 27 17 0 2 0 100
Federal government 12 41 27 18 0 2 0 100
Journalists 11 40 27 19 1 2 0 100
Clergy 45 38 8 4 3 2 0 100
How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right - just about always, most of the time or only some of the time?
None of the Time 9
Some of the Time 61
Most of the Time 25
Just About Always 3
Don't Know, Depends 2
No answer 0
100
The relief effort for Hurrican Katrina may cost well over 100 billion dollars. How do you think the federal government should pay for this -- by cutting spending on other programs, increasing the federal budget deficit, raising taxes, or what?
Cutting other spending 36
Increasing federal deficit 15
Raising taxes 11
Something else 23
Pull out of Iraq (vol.) 7
Don't Know 7
No answer 1
100
Would you be willing or not willing to pay more in taxes to help with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina?
Willing 51
Not Willing 46
Don't Know 3
No answer 1
100
Do you think that State and Local Government will have to make more budget cuts to help with the recovery from the Hurricanes?
Yes 81
No 15
Don't know 4
Refused 1
100
 
Do you think that any budget cuts at the state and local level will affect you personally?
Yes 52
Yes, Just a little 17
No 29
Don't know 2
Refused 0
100
About how often have you ... [Insert Activity]? [If Necessary Probe with Categories]
Every week (or more often) Almost every week Once or twice a month A few times per year Less often than that Never Don't know, Refused  
Had friends to home 38 14 28 12 4 3 2 100
Visited relatives 39 16 26 12 3 1 2 100
Socialized with co-workers 14 9 21 12 9 25 9 100
Played cards or board games 13 9 18 12 12 34 3 100
Attended a club meeting 11 6 21 9 11 41 1 100
Hung out with friends 20 13 22 14 9 20 3 100
Attended public meeting 5 4 15 15 11 48 2 100
Now I'd like to ask whether you have taken part in activities with different groups and organizations. I'm going to read a list; just answer YES if you have been involved in the past 12 months with this kind of group.
Yes No Don't know Refused  
Sports club 25 75 1 0 100
Youth organization 26 74 1 0 100
Parents' association like PTA 56 43 1 0 100
Activities at church 29 70 0 0 100
Neighborhood association 39 60 1 0 100
Charity organization 28 71 1 0 100
Professional association 29 70 1 0 100
Hobby, investment, or garden societies 28 71 1 0 100
Other clubs or organizations 26 74 1 0 100
In the past twelve months, have you served as an officer or served on a committee of any local club or organization?
Yes 24
No 75
Don't know 1
Refused 0
100
Now I am going to read you a series of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it or completely disagree with it. The first one is...
Completely Agree Mostly Agree Mostly Disagree Completely Disagree Don't Know No answer  
No Say About What the Government Does 15 32 30 22 1 0 100
Elected Officials Care What People Like Me Think 38 44 10 6 1 0 100
Voting Gives People a Say About Government 41 37 12 7 2 1 100
Elected Officials in Washington Lose Touch 11 40 31 16 2 0 100
City-Parish government has limited resources and has to set priorities. All of the following issues are important, but if the city can't do everything, which issues do you think should have the highest priority? Take economic development: should it have the highest priority; high priority; medium priority; or lower priority?
Highest Priority High Priority Medium Priority Lower Priority Don't Know No answer  
Economic Development 18 49 29 4 1 0 100
Education 55 39 3 2 1 0 100
Reducing Traffic Congestion 26 40 25 7 1 0 100
Fighting Crime 38 50 10 2 1 0 100
Cleaning Up Litter 11 31 40 18 1 0 100
Aftermath of Katrina 33 45 17 4 2 0 100
Is there any area right around here - that is, within a mile - where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?
Yes 47
No 52
Don't Know 1
No answer 0
100
How likely do you think it is that you may be the victim of a crime in the next 12 months? Would you say it is
Very likely 8
Somewhat likely 21
Somewhat unlikely 30
Very unlikely 37
Don't Know 3
No answer 1
100
How often would you say purse snatching, robbery, or other street crimes occur around your neighborhood? Would you say these things happen:
Very often 8
Somewhat often 14
Somewhat seldom 25
Very seldom 50
Don't Know 3
No answer 0
100
How often do you see drug dealers or users on the streets around your neighborhood? Do you see them:
Very often 10
Somewhat often 10
Somewhat seldom 11
Very seldom 67
Don't Know 3
No answer 0
100
Wed also like to know how you feel about safety and crime in your neighborhood, and in Baton Rouge in general.
As far as crime is concerned, how safe do you feel in Baton Rouge, outside your neighborhood? Would you say you feel very safe, fairly safe, not very safe, or not safe at all?
Very safe 16
Fairly safe 61
Not very safe 15
Not safe at all 7
Don't Know 2
No answer 0
100
How about your neighborhood? How safe do you feel it is? Would you say you feel very safe, fairly safe, not very safe, or not safe at all?
Very safe 55
Fairly safe 37
Not very safe 5
Not safe at all 3
Don't Know 0
100
Have you been a victim of crime in the last year?
No 82
Yes 18
Don't Know 0
100
Have any of your close friends in Baton Rouge been a victim of crime in the last year?
No 63
Yes 35
Don't Know 2
No answer 0
100
Now Id like to ask you some questions about Hurricane Katrina.
Do you think [see below] has/have done a great, good, neither good nor bad, bad, or terrible job in responding to Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding? How about ... [go down list]
Great Good Neither Good Nor Bad Bad Terrible Don't Know No answer  
State government 6 25 28 22 18 2 0 100
Local government 7 40 27 14 9 2 0 100
U.S. government 4 21 28 28 18 2 0 100
President Bush 7 21 24 21 25 2 1 100
Have you yourself had any of the following feelings because of what's happened as a result of Hurricane Katrina?
Yes Yes, just a little No Don't Know No answer  
Depressed 23 16 59 1 0 100
Angry 39 17 43 1 0 100
Hopeful 58 16 25 1 0 100
When you think of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are staying in Baton Rouge, do you have any of the following feelings?
Yes Yes, just a little No Don't Know No answer  
Fellow-feeling, Solidarity 38 19 37 5 1 100
Pity or Compassion 77 13 9 1 0 100
Irritation, bother 50 16 33 1 0 100
Fear or concern 50 18 30 1 0 100
Happiness 24 16 57 2 1 100
Have you done unpaid volunteer work to help Hurricane evacuees since the new year, I mean since January 1, 2006? [If yes] More than once since January 1?
No, haven't done volunteer work since January 1 59
Once 11
More than once 30
Don't Know, No answer 0
100
[If once] How about more than once at any time since the Hurricanes?
Just Once 5
More than Once 5
Don't Know 0
No answer 0
System 89
100
[If no] Did you do unpaid volunteer work to help Hurricane evacuees at any time since the Hurricanes? [If yes] More than once?
No, haven't done volunteer work 37
Once 7
More than once 15
Don't know 0
Refused 0
System 41
100
[If yes to any of 3 previous] Did you do this volunteer work with a religious organization, like a church?
Yes 30
No 33
Don't Know 0
No answer 0
System 37
100
Do you NOW have people staying in your house or your own apartment who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina?
[If no to previous Q] Did you EARLIER have people staying in your house or your own apartment who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina? [questions combined:]
No One 50
Stayed Earlier 41
Staying Now 9
No Answer 0
100
[If yes to either of 2 previous questions] Are [were] these people relatives of yours, are they friends, or what? [Check any that apply]
Relatives 33
Friends 18
Colleagues, co-workers, etc 2
Co-religionists or members of an association you belong to 1
People you had no previous connection to 4
Relief workers 1
No Answer 3
How much of a problem has [Name First Item] been for you and your family lately [Read Answers]?
Very serious problem Somewhat serious problem Minor problem Not a problem at all Don't Know No answer  
Traffic congestion 40 27 22 9 1 0 100
Difficulties in shopping for groceries and household items 15 19 29 36 1 0 100
Crowding in house 7 5 11 76 1 0 100
Crowding in neighborhood 7 10 14 68 1 0 100
Crowding in schools 13 15 13 39 19 2 100
Difficulties w telephone 8 12 14 66 1 0 100
People rude or unfriendly 13 17 17 52 1 0 100
Have rumors about crime and social unrest in Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina made you feel more concerned about your own safety?
Yes 44
No 55
Don't Know 1
No answer 1
100
[If yes] Did you hear these rumors from people you know, from the news media, or somewhere else?
People I know 18
News media 21
Somewhere else 5
Don't Know 0
No answer 0
System 56
100
[If yes] Did you change your usual daily routines because of concern for your safety, like avoiding certain parts of town or staying at home?
Yes 18
No 25
Don't Know 0
System 56
100
[Answers combined]
Didn't Hear Rumors 55
Heard Rumors 26
Changed due to Rumors 18
No Answer 1
100
Do you think the economy in Baton Rouge will get better or worse in the next 12 months, or will it stay the same?
Get better 62
Get worse 13
Stay the same 22
Don't Know 4
No answer 0
100
And do you think that Baton Rouge will get better or worse as a place to live in the next 12 months, or will it stay the same?
Get better 43
Get worse 26
Stay the same 26
Don't Know 5
No answer 0
100
Do you think that most Hurricane evacuees now in Baton Rouge will eventually go back to where theyre from, or do you think a lot of them will stay here? Would you say...
Most will go back 19
Some will stay 29
Lots of them will stay 50
Don't Know 2
No answer 0
100
In your view, did this disaster show that racial inequality remains a major problem in this country, or dont you think this was a particularly important lesson of the disaster?
Showed It Remains a Problem 52
Not an Important Lesson 39
Don't Know 7
No answer 2
100
Now Id like to ask you some questions about the Trailer Parks that have been set up for Hurricane evacuees.
How close do you live to the nearest trailer park? Please stop me when I get to the best answer:
Next door 3
Within a few blocks 4
Within about a half mile 3
Within about a mile 7
More than a mile 70
Don't Know 14
No answer 0
100
 
Do you know the name of the nearest trailer park? What is it?
Yes 14
No, don't know the name 80
Don't Know 7
No answer 0
100
 
[If within a half mile] How do you feel about the trailer park being placed near your neighborhood. Do you:
[If further than a half mile, or dk/na] How would you feel if it was announced that a trailer park was going to be placed near your neighborhood - say within a half mile. Would you:
Not mind at all 27
Mind a little it 30
Mind a lot 38
Don't Know 4
No answer 0
100
[If within a half mile] Since the trailer park was placed near your neighborhood, have you done any of the following because of the trailer park?
[If further than a half mile, or dk/na] If a trailer park was placed near your neighborhood, would you do any of the following because of the trailer park?
Yes Would think about doing it No Don't Know No answer  
Change Driving Routes 24 11 59 5 1 100
Not Walk Alone 44 8 43 3 2 100
Install Locks, Alarms or Lights 42 10 45 3 1 100
Put Off Home Improvements 18 8 68 4 2 100
Move or Sell 18 10 67 3 2 100
Obtain Weapon 25 9 61 3 1 100
[If within a half mile] Since the trailer park was placed near your neighborhood, do you think any of the following has become a problem for your neighborhood?
[If further than a half mile, or dk/na] If a trailer park was placed near your neighborhood, do you think any of the following would be a problem for your neighborhood?
Yes Yes, Just a little No Don't Know No answer  
Traffic Increase 71 12 13 3 1 100
Stores Crowded 70 14 12 3 1 100
Trash And Litter 51 17 26 4 1 100
Noise 48 17 30 4 1 100
Crime 53 18 20 8 1 100
Property Values Down 58 16 20 5 1 100
Do you see people from the trailer parks in your neighborhood, say on the street or in stores? About how often?
Yes, Almost every day or more 8
Yes, Sometimes 10
Yes, but not often 8
No, not as far as I know 61
Don't Know 10
No answer 3
100
 
[If Yes (1-3)] Which of the following best describes whats happened when youve seen them?
I've gotten to know some of them 6
I've talked a little, but haven't really gotten to know them 9
I haven't had any contct with them 8
I've had negative feelings like fear or conflict 2
Don't Know 1
No answer 0
System 74
100
If we had a disaster like Hurricane Katrina in Baton Rouge, and your home was destroyed, do you think you might end up living in a place like the trailer parks?
Yes 31
No 63
Don't Know 6
No answer 1
100
Next I'd like to ask you a couple questions about television and newspapers. How many days in the past week did you read a daily newspaper?
0 19
1 10
2 11
3 10
4 5
5 4
6 1
7 39
Don't know 2
Refused 0
100
 
How many hours per day do you spend watching TV (television) on an average weekday, that is Monday through Friday? [IF RESPONSE IS 12 OR GREATER, ENTER 12]
0 2
1 13
2 24
3 18
4 12
5 8
6 4
7 2
8 3
9 0
10 2
11 1
12 7
Don't know 3
Refused 0
100
Now I just have a few questions about your household and your background.
First, may I ask, In what year were you born? [recoded as Age]
18-30 26
31-45 28
46-60 26
61 and Over 17
Missing 3
100
[IF UNSURE ASK]: Are you male or female?
Male 46
Female 54
100
 
Do you consider yourself to be: [READ RESPONSE OPTIONS] White, Black, Asian, American Indian, Other. Are you Hispanic or Latino? [Combined answers]
White (non-Hisp) 55
Black (non-Hisp) 36
Asian 2
Hispanic 2
Missing or Other 5
100
Are your currently married, living with a partner, separated, divorced, widowed, or have you never been married?
Married 52
Living with partner 7
Separated 3
Divorced 9
Widowed 6
Single, never married 22
Don't Know 0
NA 1
100
Do you have children? How many?
None 26
One 18
Two 28
Three 15
Four or more 10
Other answer 1
NA 1
100
What is the highest grade of schooling that you have completed?
8th Grade or less 2
Some high school 5
High School Diploma 19
Vocational/Technical school 5
Some College 24
College degree 26
Some graduate school 3
Graduate degree 15
NA 0
100
What is your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?
Protestant 52
Catholic 31
Other 5
None 9
Don't Know 1
NA 1
100
Religious Fundamentalism [Previous question followed up by question about specific denomination. Denominations categorized according to General Social Survey definitions]
Liberal 20
Moderate 37
Fundamentalist 34
Missing 10
100
Are you a member of a local church, synagogue, or other religious or spiritual community?
Yes 72
No 28
Don't Know 0
Refused 1
100
Not including weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services?
Every week (or more often) 47
Almost every week 13
Once or twice a month 15
A few times per year 10
Less often than that 12
Don't Know 1
Refused 3
100
Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or what? [If Republican or Democrat] Would you call yourself a strong (Republican/Democrat) or not a very strong (Republican/Democrat)? [If Independent, No Preference, Or Other] Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican or Democratic Party? [answers combined]
Strong Democrat 21
Democrat 18
Lean Democratic 8
Independent 8
Lean Republican 6
Republican 13
Strong Republican 21
Other 1
None 5
100
Who did you vote for in the 2004 Presidential election?
George W. Bush 47
John Kerry 31
Someone else [Volunteered] 3
Didn't vote 12
Don't Know 3
NA 5
100
And who did you vote for in the 2004 Mayoral runoff election?
Bobby Simpson 20
Melvin L. 'Kip' Holden 50
Someone else [Volunteered] 2
Didn't vote 21
Don't Know 4
NA 4
100
We hear a lot of talk these days about liberals and conservatives. Would you call yourself [Read Answer Categories]:
Extremely Liberal 4
Liberal 14
Slightly Liberal 7
Moderate, middle of the road 26
Slightly Conservative 12
Conservative 22
Extremely Conservative 5
Don't Know 7
NA 2
100
 
Just one more question: Im going to read you a series of income categories. Please stop me when I get to the category that includes the total income that you and all other members of your household earned before taxes during 2005, from all sources.
Under $15,000 9
Under $25,000 9
Under $35,000 9
Under $50,000 14
Under $75,000 16
Under $100,000 10
More than $100,000 17
Don't Know 4
No Response 11
100
This concludes the interview. Thank you for participating in this survey and giving so generously of your time.
*Note. Survey conducted by Frederick Weil, Edward Shihadeh, and Matthew Lee of the Sociology Department at Louisiana State University. Interviews were done February through March, 2006. Data are based on a random-digit-dialed telephone sample, representative of the general population age 18 and over in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA. Survey includes 1,008 completed interviews. The results are weighted to reflect the combined age-gender-race/hispanic distributions, according to U.S. Census estimates for 2004. Data collection was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.