Yesterday, the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University released a non-partisan report that shows a majority of Louisianans say they are following Gov. Edwards’ Stay at Home Order and support the federal, state and local governments’ response to COVID-19.
The press release reads:
Researchers at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found that most Louisiana residents report they are complying with state and federal stay-at-home orders, express anxieties about the pandemic and the economy, but support continued efforts to slow the spread.
Dr. Michael Henderson, Director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, and Dr. Martin Johnson, Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication and Dean of the Manship School, conducted the survey with Internet-based market research and data analytics firm YouGov, interviewing 1,000 Louisiana residents age 18 or older from across the state, April 15-28.
“As Louisiana continues to weather the coronavirus outbreak, we think it is important to know how residents of the state are coping,” Henderson said. “We hope the survey provides useful insights for state policy makers going forward.” The survey’s findings include:
“The survey results are very encouraging, demonstrating that respondents understood the importance of inconvenient public health measures during the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Louisiana,” notes Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. “Louisiana residents complying with measures such as shelter in place helped to ‘flatten the curve’ as data from the Louisiana Health Department indicate so that we can hopefully soon move to Phase 1 of re-opening the State of Louisiana.”
The survey was funded by philanthropic support from the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication Johnson holds. Henderson and Johnson developed the survey instrument replicating some items from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s national polling on the spread of coronavirus.