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Statewide Survey · March 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:

  • As approval of Governor Newsom holds steady, four in ten likely voters would vote to remove the governor in a recall election.
  • Overwhelming majorities support the $7.6 billion COVID-19 relief package signed by Governor Newsom as well as the $1.9 trillion federal relief package.
  • Most Democrats, independents, and Republicans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  • Ninety percent of Californians say housing affordability is a problem in their part of the state, and some residents are seriously considering moving.

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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