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Statewide Survey · December 2020

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

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

This research was supported with funding from the the James Irvine Foundation.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • Six in ten Californians think that when today’s children grow up, they will be worse off financially than their parents.
  • About seven in ten Californians are still either very or somewhat worried that someone in their family will get sick from coronavirus, while two in three worry that the pandemic will hurt their finances.
  • In the past year, 43 percent of households with incomes under $40,000 had someone with reduced work hours or pay.
  • A majority of Democrats and most Republicans support increased public funding for job training so that more workers have the skills needed for today’s jobs.

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.


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