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Statewide Survey · January 2021

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, and Deja Thomas

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:

  • A majority approve of Governor Newsom’s job performance and his handling of COVID-19-but the state gets low marks on the distribution of the vaccine.
  • Two in three Californians now say they would definitely or probably get the vaccine when it is available to them; there are disparities across racial/ethnic groups.
  • Overwhelming majorities say the state is in an economic recession; a majority say their personal finances are in fair or poor shape.
  • Strong majorities approve of President Biden and his handling of the pandemic.

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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