Key findings from the current survey:
- One in four Californians name water supply and drought as the state’s top environmental issue; 63% say water supply is a big problem in their region.
- Majorities approve of the way Governor Newsom and President Biden are handling environmental issues.
- About six in ten (63%) are very concerned about climate change increasing the severity of wildfires and drought.
- Majorities across party lines favor prioritizing alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, and hydrogen.
The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers nonpartisan, 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.