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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County

Mark Baldassare | December 2002

Summary

This survey is a special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey, which periodically includes regional and special-theme surveys. The intent of the current survey is to provide timely, accurate and objective information about policy preferences and economic, social, and political trends in Orange County.Some findings of the current survey:

  • Orange County’s consumer confidence index stands at 90 – considerably higher than the national rating of 81, but down 22 points from two years ago.
  • Ratings of the county’s economy are less glowing that one year ago: 58% of residents rate the local economy as excellent or good – a 16-point decline from 2001.
  • Orange County’s Latino and white residents hold different views of the region’s prosperity, priorities, and politics. For example, Latinos are twice as likely as whites (48% versus 23%) to be concerned that they or someone in their family will lose their job in the next year.
  • County residents are more satisfied than residents of the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angles with their quality of life.
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