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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Environment

Mark Baldassare | June 2002

Summary

This is the twenty-sixth PPIC Statewide Survey and the third in a new series that will focus on population growth, land use, and the environment. The current survey focuses in particular on public perceptions, individual actions, and policy preferences relating to environmental issues.

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Most residents believe little progress has been made in solving environmental problems over the past twenty years, and they are pessimistic about improvements in the future: 78% believe there has been only some or hardly any progress since the early 1980s, and 79% have only some or hardly any optimism that environmental problems will be under control 20 years from now.
  • Nearly half of all adult Californians (49%) have little or no confidence in government to understand and solve today’s environmental problems.
  • A solid majority (62%) believe that there is enough evidence that global climate change is real and that some action is warranted.
  • 59% say policymakers should not allow more oil drilling off the California coast, even if this means higher gasoline prices for California drivers.
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