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Katrina Response Poll

Results #1

Summary Results -WLBT3 News Poll #1 - October, 2005

1. On a scale of A to F, please grade the performance of each of the following in their response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

                                                 A         B          C         D         F          Not Sure

President Bush                         24%     19%     14%     13%     29%       1%

Governor Haley Barbour          47%     17%     14%     11%     10%       1%                

FEMA                                       9%     16%     18%     19%     36%       2%

MEMA                                    21%     23%     19%     13%     13%     11%

The Red Cross                         11%     14%     15%     14%     44%       2%

Private relief organizations         66%     21%       6%       2%       2%       3%    

   (such as churches)

The National Guard                  49%     27%     10%       2%       4%       8%

The Media                                43%     26%     15%       6%       9%       1%

 

 

2. How long was your home without power?

          6% - One day or less

          20% - 2 - 3 days

          29% - 4- 5 days

         28% - 4 - 10 days

          12% - 11 - 14 days

          3% - More than 2 weeks

          2% - Power is still not restored

 

3. Were you able to get timely information from your power company about when your power would be restored?

         

          39% 1. Yes

          61% 2. No

 

4. Is your power supplied by Entergy or an EPA?

 

          70% 1. Entergy

          22% 2. An EPA

           8% 3. Not sure

 

5. Was your home damaged by the hurricane and if so, how badly?

 

          6% 1. Major damage

          31% 3. Minor damage

          9% 2. Moderate damage

          44% 4. Little or no damage

 

6. How far along are you in repairing the damage to your home?

            25% 1. Damage is mostly or completely repaired         

            23% 2. Damage is partially repaired

            52% 3. Have not yet begun the repair process [Skip to Q.9]

 

7. Have you been able to find most of the supplies you need to repair your home?

            92% 1. Yes                  8% 2. No

 

8. Have you been able to find contractors or trades people to help you repair your home?

            74% 1. Yes                  26% 2. No      

 

9. Have you come across what you believe is price gouging by people or businesses trying to take advantage of the situation?

            51% 1. Yes                  39% 2. No [Skip to Q.11]       10% 3. Not sure

 

10. Where have you come across instances of what you consider price gouging?

            42%     Gas stations1

            11%     Hardware/Home supply stores

           

            10%     Contractors

            18%     Food stores

           

            10%     Hotels

 

10A. Are there any other types of stores or companies that you feel have engaged in price gouging?

                        See comments

 

11. Have you applied for federal disaster relief assistance?

            45% 1. Already applied            7% 2. Plan to apply                  48% 2. No

 

12. Are you satisfied or not satisfied with the response you’ve received from federal disaster relief officials so far?

          21% 1. Satisfied          69% 2. Not satisfied          10% 3. Not sure

 

13. Have you filed a claim with your home insurance company?

            38% 1. Yes                             

            44% 2. No                              

              9% 3. Don’t have insurance (Home owner) [Skip to Q.16]

              9% 4. Don’t have insurance (Renter) [Skip to Q.16]

 

14. Has your insurance company indicated whether or not they will cover your losses?

            22% 1. Will cover all or most of your losses

            30% 2. Will cover some of your losses

              5% 3. Will not cover your losses

            43% 4. Unresolved/Not sure

 

15. What company is your home insurance coverage with?

            25% 1. State Farm [Skip to Q. 16]

              8% 2. Nationwide [Skip to Q. 16]

              9% 3. Allstate [Skip to Q. 16]

              2% 4. USAA [Skip to Q. 16]

            15% 5. Farm Bureau [Skip to Q. 16]

              4% 6. Farmers [Skip to Q. 16]

            37% 7. Other 

 

15A. What other company is your insurance coverage with?

          See comments

 

16. Have you or a member of your household lost their job, had their business closed or suffered a significant loss of business income because of damage from the hurricane? 

               4% 1. Lost job (Not getting paid)

              1% 2. Lost job (Still getting paid)

              2% 3. Business closed

            13% 4. Significant loss of business income

            80% 5. None of the above

 

17. If there was one thing you could say to officials government officials in charge of disaster planning or relief, what would that be?

 

          See Comments

 

Survey Background Facts

            Dates of Interviews:                  September 26th - October 5th, 2005

            Number of Interviews:  412 Residents of the WLBT3 Service Area

            Conducted Online by:   Hertz Research, Petaluma, CA

How the WLBT3 News Poll was Conducted and Potential Sources of Error

The WLBT3 News Poll was conducted online by Hertz Research of Petaluma, California.  In order to create a sample as representative of the WLBT3 service area as possible, the results for each poll are statistically weighted using a variety of demographic factors provided by respondents. These statistical weighting procedures also take into account differences between groups of people who tend to use or not use the Internet.

Regardless of methodology, all polls are potentially affected by a number of factors that may influence their accuracy. A common source for survey inaccuracy is sampling error. The number of respondents largely determines sampling error. Statistical theory indicates that in the case of a poll with this sample size (412 Total Interviews), 95 percent of the time the results of a survey of this size would be the same as interviewing the entire population of the WLBT3 service area, give or take approximately five percent. This is not a probability sample.

However, other sources of error also can impact the accuracy of poll results conducted online and with other techniques. These include but are not limited to the percentage of the population choosing to participate, the likelihood a possible respondent is at home or connected to the Internet, the wording, and ordering of questions, and the techniques used to determine possible survey participants and likely voters. The cumulative impact of all of these potential sources of error is impossible to assess precisely.

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