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Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most deadly, costly, and destructive storms in U.S. history. A decade later, people impacted by the storm are still dealing with its devastating effects. Controversies surrounded both the recovery efforts and New Orleans' existing emergency preparedness, with critics citing poorly constructed levees for causing the majority of flood damage. But what did the people directly affected by the storm think about these issues? What were people's biggest concerns? What had been the most difficult problems they faced? How did they feel about the government's reaction? Did race and poverty play a role in the rescue efforts? The Roper Center's collection of Hurricane Katrina data covers a diverse set of questions, topics, and sample groups. There are several datasets of national adults, with oversamples of African Americans, and specific samples of people directly affected by the hurricane. This includes residents of New Orleans and Orleans Parish, Hurricane Katrina survivors, people living in FEMA counties, and evacuees living in Texas shelters. Find out what they thought about racial issues, poverty, housing problems, global warming, FEMA, evacuating, worries about the future, employment, President Bush, and many other critically important topics.  

Polls that feature special samples:

National polls about Hurricane Katrina: