As society moves toward conquering the worst pandemic in more than 100 years, the behaviors of Americans and changes in their attitudes are coming into focus. What has begun to emerge is a faint sense that a resurgence is in the offing, and that the road ahead is smoother than the one we’ve been on for the past year.

This 2021 Gulf South Index report is a high-tech measuring stick, delving into the minds of Gulf South residents and those around the country, offering insights on lifestyle trends, trust issues and general views on the pandemic a year after the notorious COVID-19 virus reared its ugly head. The index is the product of a cooperative research project between The Ehrhardt Group and Causeway Solutions. The U.S. Gulf South is defined as Louisiana, Mississippi, Coastal Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.