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Statewide Survey · December 2017

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, and Lunna Lopes

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • In California’s gubernatorial race, Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa lead among likely voters-but three in ten are undecided. In the US Senate race, Dianne Feinstein has a two-to-one edge over fellow Democrat Kevin de Le-n.
  • A majority of Californians oppose congressional tax proposals, and an overwhelming majority support allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the US.
  • Majorities see single-payer health insurance and a repeal of the recently enacted gas tax as important potential ballot measures.

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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