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Mark Baldassare
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Expertise:
Public opinion, fiscal and governance reform, political participation, elections
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Mark Baldassare is president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, where he holds the Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Public Policy. He is a leading expert on public opinion and survey methodology, and has directed the PPIC Statewide Survey since 1998. He is an authority on elections, voter behavior, and political and fiscal reform, authoring ten books and numerous reports on these topics. He often provides testimony before legislative committees and state commissions, and regularly hosts PPIC’s Speaker Series, a public forum featuring in-depth interviews with state and national leaders. Previously, he served as PPIC’s director of research. Before joining PPIC, he was a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of California, Irvine, where he held the Johnson Chair in Civic Governance. He has conducted surveys for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the California Business Roundtable. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

curriculum vitae

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
Californians and Housing Affordability
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
California Voter and Party Profiles
California’s Likely Voters
Millennial Voters and California Politics
Race and Voting in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
Californians and the Coast
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Californians and Transportation
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey Californians and Higher Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
California’s Independent Voters
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
Californians and Early Childhood Education
California’s Exclusive Electorate: Who Votes and Why It Matters
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Voter Participation in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
Californians’ Attitudes Toward Marijuana Legalization
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
Californians’ News and Information Sources
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Disaster Perceptions and Preparedness
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Reforming California’s Initiative Process
The Initiative Process in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
California’s Digital Divide
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Information Technology
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Improving California’s Democracy
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
California’s Initiative Process: 100 Years Old
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Information Technology
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Healthy Communities
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Information Technology
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
The State of California Voters
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Information Technology
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
California’s Post-Partisan Future
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Perspectives on Local Finance and Infrastructure Issues in the U.S. and California: Surveys of City Officials
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
California’s Future: In Your Hands
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
Perspectives on Local and State Finance and Infrastructure in California: Surveys of City Officials and Residents
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
Citizens, Government, and Initiatives: The California Special Election in 2005
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Population
Perspectives on State and Local Finance: Surveys of City Officials in California and the U.S.
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process
Perspectives on State and Local Finance in California: Surveys of City Officials and Residents
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process
The State Budget and Local Health Services in California: Surveys of Local Health Officials
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the Environment
California 2025: Taking on the Future
California 2025: It’s Your Choice
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
After the California Recall: Governor’s Approval Ratings, Trust in Government, and Preferences for Direct Democracy
Making Health Policy at the Ballot Box: Public Attitudes Toward Five Health Propositions and the Future of Health Policy
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Los Angeles
Making Health Policy at the Ballot Box: Californians and the November 2004 Election
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
Local Budgets and Tax Policies in California and U.S. Cities: Surveys of City Officials
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and Their Housing
The Season of Our Discontent: Voters’ Views on California Elections
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Local Budgets and Tax Policy in California: Surveys of City Officials and State Residents
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Future
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
The State Budget and Local Health Services in California: Surveys of County Officials
Public Opinion and the California Governor’s Recall in 2003
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
The Ties That Bind: Changing Demographics and Civic Engagement in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Los Angeles
State Budget Fallout: L.A.’s Tough Choices
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Californians’ Support for Structural Reforms and Public Priorities
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on California’s Fiscal System
Local Homeland Security and Fiscal Uncertainty: Surveys of City Officials in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Local Homeland Security in California: Surveys of City Officials and State Residents
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Crisis of Confidence: Leadership and Reform in Los Angeles County
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment
Californians and the State Budget: Opinions About the Deficit and Support for Policy Options and Structural Reforms
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the California State Budget
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Los Angeles County
Californians’ Assessment of the State Economy, Its Prospects, and the Performance of Their Elected Officials
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
Coping with Homeland Security: Perceptions of City Officials in California and the United States
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Land Use
Coping with Homeland Security in California: Surveys of City Officials and State Residents
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
A California State of Mind: The Conflicted Voter in a Changing World
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Land Use
PPIC Statewide Survey: Global California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Growth
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
Finding Common Ground: Racial and Ethnic Attitudes in California
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of San Diego
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment
Risky Business: Providing Local Public Services in Los Angeles County
California in the New Millennium: The Changing Social and Political Landscape
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of the Central Valley
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government
When Government Fails: The Orange County Bankruptcy
When Government Fails: The Orange County Bankruptcy, A Policy Summary
College Graduates and California’s Future
In Memoriam: Arjay Miller
Leon Panetta Joins PPIC Board
PPIC Polling and the Immigration Debate
In Memoriam: Dave Cogdill
California’s Marijuana Majority
California Is Different
The End of the Post-Partisan Era?
Chet Hewitt Joins PPIC Board, Mas Masumoto Named Chair
Commentary: Coping with 17 State Ballot Propositions
Primary Takeaways
Commentary: Why We Expect Sanders Voters to Have Impact in November
Worlds Apart: California’s Partisan Divide and the 2016 Election
Testimony: California’s Exclusive Electorate & the 2016 Election
Introducing the PPIC Higher Education Center
Californians’ Views of Political Outsiders
Californians and Congress
Three California Leaders Join PPIC Board
Californians and Climate Change
Tax Increases and Voter Distrust
Automatic Voter Registration Is No Panacea
Local School Funding & the Exclusive Electorate
The Importance of California’s Tax Ranking
Welcome to the PPIC Water Policy Center
Climate Change and California’s Future
The Debate Over Extending Proposition 30
Testimony: Building Trust in State Government
California–State of Change
Timely Talk About California’s Future
New Era for Initiatives?
A Cautionary Tale for Fiscal Reformers
PPIC’s Role in a Changing State
Majorities Favor State Government Downsizing
Louise Henry Bryson Joins PPIC Board of Directors
Californians and the Carbon Tax
In Memoriam: Margaret Weston
Six Takeaways from the June Primary
Who Likes Proposition 13?
Trouble Ahead for Local School Ballot Measures?
California’s Taxing Dilemma
Reforming Proposition 13
Testimony: Californians and Poverty
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