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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future, September 2006
Mark Baldassare

September 2006

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Schwarzenegger’s lead over Angelides has jumped to 17 points (48% to 31%)—four points higher than it was last month. Only 15 percent of likely voters are undecided.
  • Nearly three-fourths (72%) of likely voters say that the upcoming gubernatorial debate will be important to how they vote.
  • The $37 billion in infrastructure bonds put on the ballot by the legislature are all ahead—but undecided voters could still tip the scales.
  • Most residents (59%) somewhat or strongly agree that state ballots have too many propositions —an even greater number (77%) think the wording for propositions is too complicated.
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Californians believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for work permits in order to stay in the U.S.—a 5-point jump from one year ago (60%).

This is the 71st PPIC Statewide Survey and the second in a four-part, pre- and post-election series, made possible with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.