PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Los Angeles, March 2005
Some findings of the current survey
- Los Angeles residents are stunningly unhappy with some key indicators of
quality of life: Large majorities say traffic congestion on freeways and major
roads (74%) and the availability of affordable housing (64%) are big problems in
the county today, up markedly from just two years ago (67% traffic,
- Assessments of police protection and the quality of parks, beaches, and
recreation facilities have fallen considerably from the ratings given only one
year ago. In addition, only one-third of county residents give excellent or good
ratings to the condition of streets and roads (32% today, 51% in 2004) and
public schools (36% today, 43% in 2004).
- County residents are more likely to believe that the county will be a worse
place to live in twenty years (37%) than a better place (24%).
- Only 28% of the likely voters in the city of Los Angeles say that they trust
their city government to do what is right just about always or most of the time.
- Crime and gangs remain the top issue concerning county residents (21%),
followed by education (17%), and traffic (10%).
- One-third of county residents hope to leave Los Angeles County in the next
This survey – the third in an annual series of PPIC surveys of Los Angeles
County – is a special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey, which periodically
includes regional and special-theme surveys. The intent of this survey is to
provide an objective, in-depth profile of the public opinions, policy
preferences, and economic, social, and political trends in Los Angeles County –
the most populous county in the nation.