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Statewide Survey · July 2019

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, and Rachel Lawler

This research was supported with funding from Arjay and Frances F. Miller Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, and the Flora Family Foundation.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • A record-high share of Californians (71%) are very concerned about wildfires becoming more severe due to global warming.
  • Eight in ten likely voters say candidates’ positions on the environment are important in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Kamala Harris (19%), Elizabeth Warren (15%), Bernie Sanders (12%), and Joe Biden (11%) lead in the Democratic primary, with a quarter saying they don-t know.
  • Majorities say the effects of global warming have already begun and support state actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. PPIC invites input, comments, and suggestions from policy and public opinion experts and from its own advisory committee, but survey methods, questions, and content are determined solely by the PPIC survey team. The PPIC Statewide Survey relies on-a rigorous survey methodology-and is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative. The survey is conducted regularly throughout the year in the key areas of government, the environment, K-12 education, and higher education.


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