The 2017 Louisiana Survey: Majority Think Women Face Discrimination, Favor Equal Pay

BATON ROUGE – Results from the 2017 Louisiana Survey show that most Louisiana residents believe society continues to fall short of gender equality in the workplace and favor a proposal to require employers to pay men and women the same amount for the same job.

The Louisiana Survey is an annual project of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, which identifies the opinions of Louisiana residents on important public policy areas and shares those opinions with state policy decision makers.

Many residents of the state believe women continue to face discrimination. More than 60 percent say that there is “a lot” or “some” discrimination against women. Nearly three-fourths of the public think the country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace, and 58 percent think there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men

About the Louisiana Survey
Since 2003, the Louisiana Survey has tracked public opinion about policy issues in the state. The 2017 Louisiana Survey was administered over the telephone from February 23 to March 23, 2017, to both landline and cell phone respondents. The project includes a representative sample of 1,012 adult Louisiana residents. The total sample has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.     

A copy of the report is available at This is the fourth in a series of six releases on results from the 2017 Louisiana Survey:




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