Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class, & the Media Survey Statistics at Survelum Public Data Bank

Data collected: 251 survey response
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Demographic Questions

What age range are you in?

Under 21Data Graph (104; 41%)What age range are you in? - Stats Chart
21- 30Data Graph (35; 14%)
31- 40Data Graph (12; 5%)
41-50Data Graph (13; 5%)
50 +Data Graph (5; 2%)
50Data Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

What is your gender?

MaleData Graph (82; 33%)What is your gender?  - Stats Chart
FemaleData Graph (87; 35%)
femaleData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

What is your race/ethnicity?

CaucasianData Graph (106; 42%)What is your race/ethnicity? - Stats Chart
African AmericanData Graph (11; 4%)
AsianData Graph (11; 4%)
HispanicData Graph (10; 4%)
Middle EasternData Graph (14; 6%)
OtherData Graph (13; 5%)
Prefer not to answerData Graph (4; 2%)
prefer not to answerData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

If your response to the previous question was “other,” please specify

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How would you classify your socioeconomic status?

Upper ClassData Graph (9; 4%)How would you classify your socioeconomic status?
 - Stats Chart
Upper Middle ClassData Graph (58; 23%)
Middle ClassData Graph (86; 34%)
Lower Middle ClassData Graph (16; 6%)
Lower ClassData Graph (0; 0%)
lower classData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

Which political party do you belong to or support?

DemocraticData Graph (60; 24%)Which political party do you belong to or support? - Stats Chart
RepublicData Graph (36; 14%)
Other PartyData Graph (22; 9%)
No political affiliationData Graph (51; 20%)
no political affiliationData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

If your response to the previous question was “other,” please specify

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Topic-Related Questions

How and to what extent did you keep up with the coverage of Hurricane Katrina?

A lot- Watched news, read articles daily, and watched the telethonData Graph (38; 15%)How and to what extent did you keep up with the coverage of Hurricane Katrina? 
 - Stats Chart
Somewhat- Occasionally watched news and read some articlesData Graph (75; 30%)
Not much- Did not seek out news, but watched/read when presented to meData Graph (51; 20%)
Not at allData Graph (5; 2%)
not at allData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

Which of the following affected the government response to aid Hurricane Katrina victims (Check all that apply)

SocioeconomicData Graph (74; 29%)Which of the following affected the government response to aid Hurricane Katrina victims (Check all  - Stats Chart
RaceData Graph (31; 12%)
Political AffiliationsData Graph (34; 14%)
Lack of Hurricane PreparednessData Graph (109; 43%)
Communications FailuresData Graph (83; 33%)
OtherData Graph (5; 2%)
socioeconomicData Graph (2; 1%)
raceData Graph (2; 1%)
political affiliationsData Graph (2; 1%)
lack of hurricane preparednessData Graph (2; 1%)
communications failuresData Graph (2; 1%)
otherData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

If your checked “other” in response to the previous question, please specify

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“Our government responded to Hurricane Katrina in a highly effective, timely manner”- What is your reaction to this statement?

Strongly AgreeData Graph (16; 6%)“Our government responded to Hurricane Katrina in a highly effective, timely manner”-  - Stats Chart
AgreeData Graph (28; 11%)
Neutral ReactionData Graph (44; 18%)
DisagreeData Graph (53; 21%)
Strongly DisagreeData Graph (28; 11%)
strongly disagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

How do you think the US government would have responded if Hurricane Katrina hit Beverly Hills, California instead of New Orleans, Louisiana?

FasterData Graph (97; 39%)How do you think the US government would have responded if Hurricane Katrina hit Beverly Hills, Cali - Stats Chart
The SameData Graph (68; 27%)
SlowerData Graph (3; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (81; 32%)
slowerData Graph (2; 1%)

Do you believe that the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina had a positive impact on the public's opinion of the victims?

YesData Graph (71; 28%)Do you believe that the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina had a positive impact on the public`s op - Stats Chart
NoData Graph (71; 28%)
No OpinionData Graph (27; 11%)
no opinionData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

"The media depicted Hurricane Katrina victims differently based on their race." What is your reaction to this statement?

Strongly AgreeData Graph (21; 8%)"The media depicted Hurricane Katrina victims differently based on their race." What is your reactio - Stats Chart
AgreeData Graph (51; 20%)
Neutral ReactionData Graph (49; 20%)
DisagreeData Graph (46; 18%)
Strongly DisagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
strongly disagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

The Miriam Webster Dictionary definition for “loot” is “to plunder or sack in war; to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption” Following the hurricane, Yahoo! News published 2 photos of people wading through water. The first image, depicting a black man, has the following caption: “A young man walks through chest deep flood water after LOOTING a grocery store in New Orleans” The second image, depicting two white people, has the following caption: “Two residents wade through chest-deep water after FINDING bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you would like to view the photographs and their captions, visit this link: http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/teachable_moments/katrina_2_photo.cfm Do you think the term “looting” was used due to situational context or because of racial connotations?

Situational ContextData Graph (35; 14%)The Miriam Webster Dictionary definition for “loot” is “to plunder or sack in w - Stats Chart
Racial ConnotationsData Graph (50; 20%)
CombinationData Graph (73; 29%)
NeitherData Graph (11; 4%)
neitherData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

What is your response to the following clip of Kanye West and Mike Myers at the Hurricane Katrina Telethon? <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9pVTrnxCZaQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9pVTrnxCZaQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> If the embedded video does not work, please visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pVTrnxCZaQ

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Do you believe that the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina had a positive impact on the public's opinion of the government officials and agencies that responded to crisis?

YesData Graph (30; 12%)Do you believe that the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina had a positive impact on the public`s op - Stats Chart
NoData Graph (121; 48%)
No OpinionData Graph (18; 7%)
no opinionData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

“The government must do more to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.”- What is your reaction to this statement?

Strongly AgreeData Graph (61; 24%)“The government must do more to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.”- What is your r - Stats Chart
AgreeData Graph (67; 27%)
Neutral ReactionData Graph (31; 12%)
DisagreeData Graph (8; 3%)
Strongly DisagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
strongly disagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

Spencer Crew, Chief of the Cincinnati Civil Rights Center, stated "Most cities have a hidden, or not always talked about, poor population, black and white, and most of the time we look past them." What is your reaction to this statement?

Strongly AgreeData Graph (42; 17%)Spencer Crew, Chief of the Cincinnati Civil Rights Center, stated "Most cities have a hidden, or not - Stats Chart
AgreeData Graph (73; 29%)
Neutral ReactionData Graph (34; 14%)
DisagreeData Graph (19; 8%)
Strongly DisagreeData Graph (1; 0%)
strongly disagreeData Graph (2; 1%)
Not CheckedData Graph (80; 32%)

Do you have any additional comments about the response to Hurricane Katrina?

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