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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Jennifer Paluch, and Sonja Petek

November 2009

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Californians give high grades to their public higher education systems but are worried about increased student costs and state budget cuts.
  • State leaders get record low approval ratings for their handling of higher education: 21 percent for Governor Schwarzenegger and 16 percent for the state legislature.
  • Sixty-seven percent of Latino parents of children aged 18 or younger are very worried about being able to afford a college education, while 38 percent of white parents say the same.

Job Approval Ratings:
Governor Schwarzenegger
California State Legislature

Time Trends of Job Approval Ratings:
Governor Schwarzenegger
California State Legislature

Mood of Californians:
General Direction of Things in California
Economic Outlook for California

Time Trends for the Mood of Californians:
General Direction of Things in California
Economic Outlook for California

This survey was supported with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.