(Don't) stop the presses — New Orleans is more progressive than the rest of Louisiana on social issues.
The LSU Public Policy Research Lab last week issued the findings of a statewide survey that found 42 percent of Louisianans now support same-sex marriage (a new high), while 51 percent oppose. And while a majority of Louisianans support legalizing pot for medical use, they're still opposed to legalizing it for personal use.
Gambit requested the crosstabs on the survey from LSU and found respondents in the New Orleans metro area to be the most liberal in the state on same-sex marriage, with more than 58 percent in favor. Northwest Louisiana was less than 24 percent supportive. When it came to personal pot use, half of local respondents were fine with it, and fewer than one in five thought jail was an appropriate punishment for possessing a small amount of marijuana.
As is the case elsewhere, though, age is the biggest factor; young people are far more progressive on both issues. Around the state, 59 percent of Louisianans aged 18 to 29 give thumbs-up to same-sex marriage, while 68 percent are just fine legalizing weed for personal use — no doctor's note required.