7 in 10 in New Orleans Feel Forgotten

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Five years after Hurricane Katrina, most in New Orleans say rebuilding is going well, but 70 percent say the nation has forgotten them, a survey indicates.

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation says 6 in 10 say the city has not mostly recovered from Katrina and 32 percent of residents who lived through the storm report that their lives still are very or somewhat disrupted, compared to 41 percent two years ago and 46 percent in 2006.

Nearly 9 out 10 residents of New Orleans say they see progress at tourist and convention sites, and two-thirds see progress in repairing damaged levees, pumps and floodwalls. Fifty-nine percent say they see progress in rebuilding destroyed neighborhoods.

Most Americans are most worried about the economy, but in New Orleans, 64 percent say the city has made little or no progress in addressing crime, 54 percent say they worry about being a victim of crime and 41 percent say crime is at the top of the list of worries.

Fifty-five percent say their healthcare needs are being met very well — up from 42 percent in 2008 — but 1 in 5 adults report being uninsured and 25 percent say they have no other option than the emergency room.

The survey of 1,528 adults living in Orleans Parish, conducted May 26 to June 27 in English and Spanish via landline telephone and cellphone, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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