Louisiana residents are largely supportive of the principles of transparency and public access to government records, but a new survey has found that they also are sensitive to the types of records that should be made public.
The survey, conducted annually by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, polled 1,001 Louisiana residents by phone Feb. 1-26. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
Nearly all respondents (95 percent) agreed that “citizens should have complete access to information about their state government,” and more than half (56 percent) rejected the idea that officials are justified in keeping government information from the public.
But researchers also tested with regard to specific laws and found varying results.
About 82 percent of respondents agreed that records should be public about incentives the state gives to businesses, but only half think the public should have access to the governor’s calendar and schedule.
The poll’s respondents further showed skepticism of state government, with just 2 percent saying that government can be trusted to do what’s right “just about always” and 16 percent saying that it can be trusted “most of the time.” Sixty percent said they trust government to do what’s right “some of the time and 20 percent said “never.”