Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey

About This Study

StudyLA’s Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey is the largest general social survey of any metropolitan area in urban America. The survey provides a unique perspective into the quality-of-life perceptions, personal financial wellbeing, economic concerns, overall life satisfaction, and various civic issues facing Los Angeles residents. Since 2014, StudyLA has engaged more than 20,000 residents through the survey, resulting in hundreds of thousands of hours of meaningful conversations about the future of the region.

2022 Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey

While some questions are unchanged from year to year for the purposes of longitudinal analysis, new questions are added every year to reflect topics relevant to Angelenos today. The ninth annual survey includes questions on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, homelessness, race relations, and the upcoming mayoral election.

Data will be released throughout the spring. 


This year’s survey queried 2,002 adult Los Angeles County residents from January 4 to February 15, 2022. It was conducted over the phone, online, and face-to-face in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean. All questions were asked of the entire sample unless otherwise indicated. The margin of error is ±3.0% for the entire sample 

Data Releases

Vaccine Mandate for Schools
Los Angeles County residents (n=2,002) were asked about a vaccine mandate for returning to schools now that a COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years and older has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Respondents were asked to choose which statement they most agreed with, even if neither is exactly right: children should be allowed to go to school regardless of whether they are vaccinated, or children should not be allowed to go back to school unless they are vaccinated. 

Release Date: May 10, 2022

Data Brief – Vaccine Mandate for Schools


LA Riots 30: Race Relations
Every five years, StudyLA asks Angelenos about race relations to take the city's pulse in the aftermath of the 1992 unrest that followed the Rodney King verdict. In 2022, city of Los Angeles residents (n=1,000) were asked about the likelihood of similar riots or disturbances in the next five years, how racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles are getting along these days, and how race relations have changed.

Release Date: April 28, 2022

Data Brief – 30 Years Later: Race Relations

Slide Deck – Race Relations


Basic Income Guaranteed
Los Angeles is piloting a program that would provide 1,000 residents who live in poor or working-class neighborhoods $1,000 a month for up to three years with no strings attached. Los Angeles County residents were asked if they support or oppose this program.

Release Date: April 13, 2022

Data Brief – Basic Income Guaranteed


Los Angeles County residents were asked about the ongoing homelessness crisis: how they would rate homelessness in their city or area, what is their position on clearing homelessness encampments, what is their position on how existing funds should be used, and how they think the crisis will change over the next year. This report presents responses from Los Angeles County residents (n=2,002).

Release Date: April 7, 2022

Data Brief – Homelessness

Slide Deck – Homelessness


Los Angeles Mayoral Election
City of Los Angeles residents were asked whom they would vote for in the mayor’s race if the election were today – Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Rick Caruso, Kevin de Leon, Mike Feuer, Jessica Lall, Ramit Varma, Mel Wilson, or someone else/don't know. This report presents responses from self-identified registered voters (n=815).

Release Date: March 2, 2022

Data Brief – City of Los Angeles Mayoral Election


StudyLA researchers are available to discuss these results. For questions about this and other StudyLA research, please contact Brianne Gilbert, Managing Director, at brianne.gilbert@lmu.edu.