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1998 Quality Of Life Survey - Orleans And Jefferson Parishes, Susan E. Howell Dec 1998

1998 Quality Of Life Survey - Orleans And Jefferson Parishes, Susan E. Howell

Survey Research Center Publications

For the first time in the ten-year Quality of Life series, negative views of life in New Orleans declined, and positive evaluations increased, although the majority still believes that the City is in decline. The surge of optimism we observed two years ago in response to the mayoral and city council elections has disappeared. As predicted, it was a temporary effect of the election. There has been a recent increase in optimism about the future in Jefferson Parish, probably in reaction to their new government and the economic growth in that area. Residents in both parishes agree that their biggest ...


Evacuation Behavior In Orleans And Jefferson Parishes - Hurricane Georges, Susan E. Howell Nov 1998

Evacuation Behavior In Orleans And Jefferson Parishes - Hurricane Georges, Susan E. Howell

Survey Research Center Publications

Only about a third of the residents of Jefferson and Orleans actually left the two-parish area during Hurricane Georges, and even this number produced tremendous traffic jams on the interstates. A majority of those who left town waited until the last 24-30 hours before the projected arrival of the storm. In New Orleans, poor black residents and and older white residents were highly unlikely to leave the city. Respondents in both parishes rated their public officials very positively for their handling of the hurricane and evacuation.


Citizen Evaluation Of The Louisiana Courts, Susan E. Howell Jun 1998

Citizen Evaluation Of The Louisiana Courts, Susan E. Howell

Survey Research Center Publications

The Louisiana survey consisted of two phases, a general survey of the public and an oversample of people who had used the court system within the past five years. This emphasis on the users of the courts (1307 were interviewed) is a unique aspect of the Louisiana study. Various types of court users, i.e., jurors, witnesses, civil litigants, defendants, etc., have significantly different evaluations of the court system. Predictably, people who have the most at stake in the outcome, such as victims, criminal defendants, and people in domestic disputes, are the most negative toward the courts. Jurors, court employees ...