Crime continues to be the biggest problem facing both Orleans and Jefferson parishes, according to the latest Quality of Life Survey conducted by the UNO Survey Research Center.
The results of the survey were released Monday.
According to the survey, residents in both parishes were less likely than last year to say that crime is increasing, one-third of New Orleans residents do not feel safe around their home at night and one-quarter of African-Americans in the city heard gunfire at least a few times a month.
On the positive side, the survey found there are higher levels of life satisfaction in Orleans than a year ago while Jefferson remains stable, and over twice as many New Orleans residents said the city has become a better place than a worse place to live.
54% of those surveyed approve of the performance of NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, up 6% from last year.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to receive high marks although his rating declined marginally in the past year. Landrieu has a job approval rating of 65%, down 4% from last year. Just 47% of those surveyed approve of the performance of the City Council.
56% of those polled disapprove of the performance of Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
A majority of residents approve of the job the district attorney and the police chief are doing, but just 34% approve of the performance of the Orleans Parish Criminal Court system.
Jefferson Parish President John Young has an approval rating of 70%, 11 points lower than that of Sheriff Newell Normand. 71% of those surveyed approve of the performance of the Jefferson Parish Council.