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• Over half of residents believe existing funds are best spent on short-term shelters (58%).
• Over half of residents agree that most people who are experiencing homelessness are victims of a lack of economic, social, or medical infrastructures (57%).
• More African Americans (65%) believe people who are experiencing homelessness are victims of a lack of economic, social, or medical infrastructure compared to whites (61%), Latinas/os (54%), or Asians (51%).
• Three out of four residents (78%) agree that declaring a local homelessness state of emergency and giving the mayor full power to site homeless housing is necessary to solve the homelessness crisis.
• By race, Latinas/os (83%) and African Americans (77%) are more likely to agree than whites (75%) and Asians (72%).
• By homeownership, renters (82%) are more likely to agree than home owners (75%).
About this Research
StudyLA’s Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey is the largest general social survey of any metropolitan area in urban America.
These questions are from the 2020 Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey of over 2,000 adult Los Angeles County residents conducted by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (StudyLA) in January and early February 2020. The survey comprised 20-minute telephone sessions and online surveys. Residents were asked about quality-of- life perceptions, personal economic wellbeing, economic concerns, overall life satisfaction, and various topical issues.
The margin of error is ±3.0% for the entire sample of 2,002 adult residents.
Full report available at LMU.edu/studyLA.