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The Count: Nearly one-third of Louisiana residents believe race relations in the state are "getting worse."




Source: LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs' 2016 Louisiana survey.

According to LSU's 2016 Louisiana Survey, the bulk of the state remains conservative on civil rights and social issues. Nearly three-quarters of respondents oppose removing Confederate monuments — whites overwhelmingly oppose it (88 percent). More than half the state (and nearly 70 percent of Republicans) believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and 68 percent of all respondents (and 84 percent of Republicans) oppose Syrian refugees settling in the state. Nearly a year following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriages nationwide, more than half of the state opposes the law.

  The annual survey, conducted by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, polled 1,001 Louisiana residents.

  New Orleans tilts significantly toward the opposite end of the spectrum from the rest of the state. Nearly 60 percent of the poll respondents in the New Orleans area (including Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes) expressed support for gay rights.

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