National Laboratories Receive 67 Percent Favorability Rating Among New Mexico Residents

By The Garrity Group


New Mexico’s National Laboratories Rank 5th Among 17 Industries and Institutions Included in the 2020 Garrity Perception Survey

Albuquerque, NM. – New Mexico’s national laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have a high level of favorability among the state’s residents. According to the 2020 Garrity Perception Survey, the national labs rank 5th among the 17 industries and institutions with a 67 percent favorability among New Mexico residents. The national laboratories in similar company with small business, farm and ranch, renewable energy and local banks in favorability.

“New Mexico’s two national laboratories account for more than 34,000 thousand jobs in New Mexico,” said Tom Garrity, President and CEO of The Garrity Group Public Relations. “Los Alamos National Laboratory appears to be doing well with community relations. New Mexico residents living in North Central New Mexico have a 76 percent favorability of national labs, the highest in the state”

“We have a huge positive impact on the state’s economy, providing good-paying jobs for thousands of New Mexicans, and supporting a lot of small businesses through subcontracts and procurement.”

– Kathy Keith

“The Laboratory, its operator Triad LLC, and its employees are serious in their commitment to play a positive role in the New Mexico community, and as director of our Community Partnerships Office, I help oversee that work,” says Kathy Keith. “People appreciate that Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories do important work on behalf of the nation. As large organizations, we have a huge positive impact on the state’s economy, providing good-paying jobs for thousands of New Mexicans, and supporting a lot of small businesses through subcontracts and procurement. Los Alamos spent $396 million with New Mexico businesses last year. Of that, $289 million was with small businesses.”

Los Alamos Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion a Year to the State’s Economy. An independent economic impact analysis has found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico while contributing $3.1 billion a year—much of it in out-of-state dollars—to the New Mexico economy (

Sandia National Laboratory now has more than 14,000 employees in Albuquerque alone. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the Sandia Laboratory contributed than $3.7 billion dollars into New Mexico’s economy, with $2.1 billion going straight to payroll (

Geographically, Albuquerque residents, where Sandia National Laboratories is located, have a high favorability of 68 percent. Eastern New Mexico residents have a favorability of only 59 percent.

About the Garrity Perception Survey and P.A.C.E.

The 2020 Garrity Perception Survey is a scientific survey of New Mexico residents conducted by Research & Polling Inc. The survey has a 95% level of confidence. The Garrity Group first commissioned the survey in 2011 and makes its cross-tab data available to help its clients identify and understand their target audience. The PACE solution leverages the demographic and geographic insights as a way for our clients to be relevant before their New Mexico audience. Identifying how our clients are Perceived by their Audiences, we Create a way for them to Engage relevant advocates. For more information visit

About The Garrity Group

The Garrity Group is a New Mexico public relations firm that helps small businesses to be heard and large organizations to be understood. Established in 1997 and based in Albuquerque, our team provides media relations, issue management, crisis communications, digital media marketing and event awareness.

Published August 23, 2020

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