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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and the Initiative Process

Mark Baldassare | August 2005

Summary

Some findings of the current survey

  • A majority of likely voters across age, income, education, racial and ethnic groups, and in every region of the state, oppose holding a special election this fall.
  • When asked which ballot issue was most important to them, a higher percentage of likely voters (16%) volunteered the answer “none” than named any one measure.
  • At this time, likely voters are not very enthusiastic about the three reform measures on the fall ballot that are supported by the Schwarzenegger administration:
    Proposition 74 (teacher tenure), 49% support, 42% oppose;
    Proposition 76 (spending and funding limits), 28% support, 61% oppose;
    Proposition 77 (redistricting), 34% support, 49% oppose.
  • Governor Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings are at a low point: Only 34% of state residents approve of the way he is handling his job.
  • The state legislature fares even worse, with a 27% approval rating.

This is the 58th PPIC Statewide Survey and the first in a series of three surveys focusing on Californians and the initiative process. This special survey series is funded by The James Irvine Foundation.

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