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The 2008 Louisiana Survey marked a definite shift, first measured in the 2007 Survey, from the intense focus on rebuilding that had characterized the state since hurricane Katrina; it also heralded some heightened optimism following the election of Governor Bobby Jindal. In addition to this optimism, the 2008 LA Survey found:

  • great expectations for the future of the state under its new leadership following the election of Governor Jindal
  • the strength of Louisiana business conditions amidst fears of recession
  • broad support for availability of quality Pre-K education
  • tax credits for parents with kids enrolled in private or religious schools
  • perceptions of corruption decline
  • concern about rising taxes
  • attitudes towards immigration
  • lack of awareness among residents of changes in the presidential primary system