Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government

A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation’s elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar. Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the […] Read more »

Fear of the government makes Americans more likely to reach for a gun

Americans are scared of the government. Political corruption is at the top of US citizens’ most common fears, according to a recent survey conducted by researchers at California’s Chapman University. They’re also worried about cyberterrorism and very concerned about their privacy being invaded by corporations or the government. Perhaps less […] Read more »

Tale of Two Cities: Views of Katrina Recovery in New Orleans Divide along Racial Lines

African American and white residents of New Orleans see the progress of recovery since Hurricane Katrina very differently, according to a new survey from the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU. Nearly 80 percent of the city’s white residents feel Louisiana has […] Read more »

New Orleans Ten Years After The Storm

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and the subsequent levee failure led to unprecedented destruction in New Orleans, the Kaiser Family Foundation teamed up with NPR to conduct a survey of the city’s current residents. … The new survey examines how those who are currently living in […] Read more »

Americans’ Views of Government Handling of Healthcare Up Sharply

Nearly two years after the debut of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” Americans are more positive about the work the federal government is doing in healthcare. Forty-three percent say they are satisfied with the government’s work in this arena, up 14 percentage points from 2013. Still, 56% say they […] Read more »

Americans Praise Gov’t Work on Natural Disasters, Parks

Three-quarters of Americans are satisfied with the work the federal government does in responding to natural disasters, and nearly as many applaud the government’s efforts on national parks and open space. A majority also rate the government positively for its handling of homeland security, transportation, and the military and national […] Read more »

Resilience in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

In the United States, there is growing awareness of and attention to the tremendous, lasting damage and loss of life in communities affected by natural disasters. This attention brings the topics of preparedness, response, and recovery to the fore. Central to these discussions is resilience: how and why some individuals, […] Read more »