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Statewide Survey · May 2019

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

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

Key findings from the current survey:

  • Likely voters who are Democrats or lean Democratic are divided on whether it is more important for the party to nominate the candidate whose positions most closely align with their views or the candidate who seems most likely to defeat President Trump.
  • Californians are more likely than the nation as a whole to say that impeachment proceedings should begin.
  • Three-quarters of Californians see participation in the 2020 Census as very important-but most have concerns about confidentiality.
  • More than half of adults say their housing costs cause a financial strain, and most favor proposed new rules intended to create more affordable housing.

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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