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Statewide Survey · January 2020

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

This research was supported with funding from the Arjay and Frances F. Miller Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the PPIC Donor Circle.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • Sanders (27%), Biden (24%), and Warren (23%) are the frontrunners in California’s Democratic presidential primary.
  • Most Californians say President Trump should be removed from office and disapprove of his handling of the situation with Iran.
  • More than half (53%) of likely voters support a statewide measure to authorize $15 billion in bonds for construction and modernization of public education facilities; 36 percent oppose it and 10 percent are undecided.
  • Californians are most likely to name homelessness as the most important issue for the governor and legislature to address in the coming year.

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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