Quality of Life Survey

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2023 UL Lafayette Student
QOL Survey

The Quality-of-Life (QOL) Survey is an objective tool to measure community perceptions about quality of life. One Acadiana (1A) conducted the first QOL Survey for Lafayette Parish in 2021 following the organization’s Vibrant Community Summit with Pensacola business and community leader Quint Studer. Studer recommended the survey as a best practice for providing objective data and encouraging civic engagement. 2022 marked the second year 1A conducted the QOL survey.

In 2023, 1A partnered with UL Lafayette to administer a QOL survey to measure students’ perspectives towards the elements that have the greatest impact on their quality of life. Nearly 800 students responded.

About the 2021 and 2022 QOL Survey

The QOL Survey is administered by nationally recognized independent polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. Mason-Dixon studies communities around the country and has identified the elements people perceive as having the greatest impact on quality of life, such as:

  • Economic conditions
  • Job security
  • Educational opportunities
  • Cultural & recreational opportunities
  • Safety
  • Feeling of clean & healthy environment
  • Sense of community
  • Shared vision for community & economic development
  • Effective government & community leadership that plans and executes

Survey participants are randomly selected from commercially available phone-matched voter registration lists (both landline and cell phone).

The survey sample is representative of the demographic breakdown of the community, meaning the ratios of the respondents’ gender, race, age, and political affiliation mirror the area’s actual statistics.