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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare | March 2006

Summary

Some findings from the current survey

  • Californians overwhelmingly support (69%) Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to restore and expand the state’s deteriorating infrastructure by spending $222 billion over 10 years. They also strongly support alternative infrastrusture proposals by Democratic and Republican legislators.
  • The number of Californians who believe the governor and legislature will be able to work together and accomplish a lot in the next year has plunged to 30 percent – a 13 point drop since January.
  • Among likely Democratic primary voters, 22 percent would vote for State Treasurer Phil Angelides, 23 percent for State Controller Steve Westly, and a majority 55 percent don’t know. Among all likely voters, Gov. Schwarzegger would beat both Westly (39% to 31%) and Angelides (41% to 29%) if the general election were held now.
  • Immigration, legal or illegal, has jumped 10 points (4% to 14%) and now holds the number two spot among the issues voters most want to hear gubernatorial candidates discuss. Among Republicans (22%), it is the number one issue.

This is the 65th PPIC Statewide Survey and the twentieth in a series of special surveys focusing on Californians and Their Government.

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