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

October 2008

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, is losing (52% to 44%) among likely voters. Support for Propositions 4 and 11 is less than 50 percent.
  • Likely voters prefer Sen. Barack Obama for president over Sen. John McCain by a 23-point margin, a 13-point gain since last month.
  • Seventy-one percent of Californians think the state is headed in the wrong direction.

This is the 91st PPIC Statewide Survey and the 32nd in the Californians and Their Government survey series, which is conducted to examine the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices. It is currently supported with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.