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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek, and Jui Shrestha

March 2011

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Public support has dropped for holding a June special election on extending temporary tax and fee increases.
  • Nearly half of Californians say the amount of money that state and local governments spend on public employee pension or retirement systems is a big problem.
  • Sixty-two percent of Californians think Congress and the Obama administration are not doing enough to help create jobs.
  • At least half of Californians have an unfavorable opinion of the federal (52%) and state (55%) governments, but a majority (54%) view their local government favorably.

Job Approval Ratings:
President Obama [PDF]
Governor Brown [PDF]
California State Legislature [PDF]
U.S. Congress [PDF]
Senator Boxer [PDF]
Senator Feinstein [PDF]
Their Own State Legislators in the Assembly and Senate [PDF]
Their Own Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives [PDF]

Time Trends of Job Approval Ratings:
President Obama [XLS]
Governor Brown [XLS]
California State Legislature [XLS]
U.S. Congress [XLS]
Senator Boxer [XLS]
Senator Feinstein [XLS]
Their Own State Legislators in the Assembly and Senate [XLS]
Their Own Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives [XLS]

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

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

This survey was supported with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.


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