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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek, and Jui Shrestha

December 2011

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Most Californians favor the governor’s proposal to temporarily increase the state sales tax and raise income taxes on high earners.
  • Almost all Californians consider the state’s budget situation a serious problem.
  • With sharp cuts in state services possible in January, a strong majority are concerned about the effect of cuts on K–12 schools.
  • Residents are more hopeful about their own finances. Over half say their financial situations will improve in the coming year.

Job Approval Ratings:
President Obama [PDF]
Governor Brown [PDF]
California State Legislature [PDF]
U.S. Congress [PDF]

Time Trends of Job Approval Ratings:
President Obama [XLS]
Governor Brown [XLS]
California State Legislature [XLS]
U.S. Congress [XLS]

Mood of Californians:
General Direction of Things in California [PDF]
Economic Outlook for California [PDF]

Time Trends for the Mood of Californians:
General Direction of Things in California [XLS]
Economic Outlook for California [XLS]

This survey was supported with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.


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