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Statewide Survey · March 2018

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, and Lunna Lopes

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

Key findings from the current survey:

  • In California’s gubernatorial race, Democrat Gavin Newsom solidifies his lead and Republican John Cox gains ground-but a quarter of likely voters are still undecided. In the US Senate race, Dianne Feinstein continues to lead Kevin de Le-n by double digits.
  • Immigration is the top issue likely voters want to hear gubernatorial candidates talk about between now and the June primary.
  • Most likely voters would support state bonds for affordable housing and water infrastructure projects.

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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