Current and Past Projects
The Louisiana Survey is sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & 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.
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. PPRL conducts the BRFSS survey for three states: Louisiana (since 2008), Tennessee (since 2014), and US Virgin Islands (since 2021). For more information about BRFSS, please visit the CDC BRFSS website.