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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Jennifer Paluch, and Sonja Petek

January 2008

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Nearly eight in 10 adults (78%) are at least somewhat concerned about the effects of spending reductions in the governor's 2008-09 budget proposal.
  • A majority (57%) of voters would protect K-12 programs from budget cuts and 19 percent would shield health and human services. Smaller numbers would protect higher education and prisons.
  • A majority of adults (64%) say they support the governor's proposed constitutional amendment to stabilize the budget.
  • A majority of Democrats (52%) want to deal with the budget gap through a mix of cuts and taxes while most Republicans (56%) prefer spending cuts.

This is the 83rd PPIC Statewide Survey, and the 27th in the Californians and Their Government series. This survey includes the responses of 2,000 Californians and is supported by The James Irvine Foundation.