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 18,000 residents through the survey, resulting in hundreds of thousands of hours of meaningful conversations about the future of the region.

2021 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 2021 survey includes questions on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its personal economic impact, remote work, school reopening, vaccines, systemic racism, homelessness, and arts and culture.

Methodology

This year’s survey involved 20-minute telephone sessions and online and face-to-face surveys with 2,003 adult Los Angeles County residents (n=845; 911; 247). The survey was conducted in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean from January 4 to February 15, 2021.

All questions were asked of the entire sample (n=2,003) except for the three questions on comfort levels and the question about remote work accommodations. The questions about comfort levels are part of a battery that splits total respondents into three samples (n=668; 667; 668). The question about remote work accommodations was not asked of residents who said that remote work was not possible in their job/career/industry (n=1,698).

The margin of error is ±3.0% for the entire sample.

Data Releases

Public Opinion on Arts and Culture
This report focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and opinions of Los Angeles residents toward the role arts and culture play in their communities. Residents were asked how important they thought arts and culture are for improving their overall quality of life, increasing economic development, and fostering a sense of belonging. Release date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Public Opinion on Arts and Culture – Presentation 

Public Opinion on Arts and Culture – Data Brief

Public Opinion on Systemic Racism
This report focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and opinions of Los Angeles residents toward various institutions with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. In 2021, residents were asked where local policy should focus on to combat systemic racism: education, criminal justice, housing, employment, or healthcare. This research explores public opinion on issues pertinent to these five areas. Release date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Public Opinion on Systemic Racism – Presentation

Public Opinion on Race Relations – Data Brief

Public Opinion on Housing and Homelessness
This report focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and opinions of Los Angeles residents toward the ongoing housing and homelessness crises. Over the years, residents have been asked a range of questions on several topics, including housing affordability, neighborhood development, the state of homelessness, permanent supportive housing, shelters, and encampments. Release date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Public Opinion on Housing and Homelessness – Presentation

Public Opinion on Housing and Homelessness – Report

Public Opinion on Housing and Homelessness – Data Brief

One Year Later: Public Opinion on the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and opinions of Los Angeles residents toward the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and measures how it has impacted them over the last year. Residents were asked a range of questions on several topics, including personal impact, economic impact, remote work, school reopening, and vaccines. Release date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

One Year Later: Public Opinion on the COVID-19 Pandemic – Presentation

One Year Later: Public Opinion on the COVID-19 Pandemic – Report

2021 Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey: COVID-19 – Data Brief

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