Race relations in the city of New Orleans seem be getting much worse after Mayor Mitch Landrieu ignited a debate, claiming that four historical city monuments incited “racism.”
In a new UNO poll out today, Landrieu’s approval numbers have dramatically declined among white New Orleans residents, while black residents are increasingly impressed with the mayor.
While black residents approval of Landrieu increased eight percentage points since 2013, his approval among white residents plummeted from 78 percent to now 49 percent.
Overall, Landrieu’s approval rating has slumped as well. Back in 2013, 65 percent of residents said they approved of Landrieu. Just three years later, that number has dropped five percentage points.
Additionally, the UNO poll found that 50 percent of respondents said they supported the removal of four historical monuments in the city, based on the idea that they are racist. Another 31 percent said they opposed, while 19 percent did not answer.
A majority of black residents support Landrieu’s plan to remove monuments, but white residents overwhelmingly disapprove of the plan.
Furthermore, half the city said that crime was the biggest issue for the city. Crime is perceived slightly worse in the city than it was in 2013, with 53 percent saying that there is more crime now than there was three years ago.
For residents who are concerned about safety, 81 percent said they felt safe in their home during the middle of the day. But, that number dropped for night-time, with only 63 percent said they felt safe at night in their home.
Half of New Orleans residents said they have never heard gunfire in their neighborhood, while nearly a quarter of residents said they heard gunfire a few times a month or more often than that.