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California's Post-Partisan Future
Mark Baldassare

January 2008

PPIC's At Issue series focuses on issues important for California now and in the future. In this issue, PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare offers a straightforward, nonpartisan assessment of California’s partisan divide—detailing the demographic and ideological differences between Democratic and Republican voters. He also takes a closer look at the growing numbers of “decline to state” or independent voters and assesses their increased importance in California elections. Finally, he considers the consequences of the state’s partisan divide and offers suggestions for engaging more independent voters in the future.