36% of Americans say New Orleans has mostly recovered from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but 51% don’t think it has. These views are similar to what they were in 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina hit.
Southerners are more likely than those living in other regions of the country to say New Orleans has mostly recovered.
Has New Orleans Mostly Recovered From Hurricane Katrina?
Yes 36% 35%
No 51 52
Still, Americans have a positive view of New Orleans overall. 64% say they have a good image of the city, a dip from a few years ago, but a 15-point increase from August 2006, just a year after Katrina made landfall. Men, women, and Americans of all age groups have a positive opinion of New Orleans, but the city is more popular with younger Americans than with those who are older.
Image of New Orleans
Now 8/2010 8/2006
Good 64% 72% 49%
Bad 24 19 42
As New Orleans prepares to host the Super Bowl this year, 71% of Americans are optimistic about the city’s future. Even those who do not think New Orleans has recovered from the effects of Hurricane Katrina feel good about the city’s future.
Feelings on the Future of New Orleans
Among Americans who have visited New Orleans (34% in this poll), 68% have a good image of the city and 73% are optimistic about its future.
How was the poll conducted?
This poll was conducted by telephone from January 24-27, 2013 among 1,052 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.