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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare | August 2003

Summary

This is the 38th PPIC Statewide Survey and the 14th in a series of large-scale public opinion polls that PPIC is conducting on a periodic basis throughout California’s election cycles.  The purpose of this series is to develop an objective, in-depth profile of the social, economic, and political forces affecting public policy preferences and ballot choices in California. 

Some findings of the current survey:

  • 72% of likely voters say they disapprove of the way Governor Gray Davis is handling his job.
  • 58% of likely voters say they would vote to remove Davis as governor in the special recall election on October 7th.
  • 68% of likely voters disapprove of the state legislature’s overall performance, and 78% disapprove of the way the lawmakers have handled budget and tax issues.
  • 74% of likely voters say California is headed in the wrong direction.
  • 58% of Californians believe their region of the state is still in an economic recession.
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