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Video: Californians and the Environment

Mary Severance July 30, 2018
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With the November election less than four months away, Democrat Gavin Newsom leads Republican John Cox by 24 points in the governor’s race—and nearly all likely voters see the candidates’ positions on environmental issues as important. In the US Senate race, Dianne Feinstein continues to lead fellow Democrat Kevin de León by double digits. These and other key findings in the July PPIC Statewide Survey were presented by researcher Alyssa Dykman at a Sacramento briefing last week.

Californians are much more likely than adults nationwide to say that global warming is extremely or very important to them personally. A majority of likely voters see global warming as a very serious threat to California’s economy and quality of life, and a solid majority say that the effects of global warming have already begun. This may help explain why most Californians are in favor of the state making its own policies to address climate change.

Other survey highlights:

  • Approval ratings for the president and Congress—both overall and on environmental issues—remain far lower than those for the governor and state legislature.
  • There are wide partisan differences in views on climate change and what the state should do about it.
  • Likely voters see drought and water supply as the top environmental issue facing the state; a majority support a water bond on the November ballot.
  • A majority of likely voters favor higher emissions standards for automobiles as well as state laws that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in other areas.
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