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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
Mark Baldassare

May 2006

Some findings of the current survey

  • Angelides and Westly are locked in a statistical dead heat among Democratic primary likely voters (35% to 32%). Thirty-three percent are still undecided.
  • The November race is a toss-up in hypothetical contests between Schwarzenegger and Angelides (38% each) and Schwarzenegger and Westly (36% each).
  • Strong majorities back the governor’s plans to increase spending on K-12 education (77%), reduce state debt and reserve cash (76%), and fund levee repairs (67%).
  • But a majority of Californians (52%) disapprove of Schwarzenegger’s handling of the state budget and taxes.

This is the 67th PPIC Statewide Survey and the seventh in a series about issues related to the California state budget and underlying fiscal system, made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.