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Statewide Survey · May 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:

  • Nearly six in ten likely voters say they would vote to keep Governor Newsom in a recall election.
  • Most Californians have positive views of the state’s vaccine distribution, but African Americans and Latinos are less likely than others to be vaccinated.
  • Majorities approve of the governor’s proposals to provide Californians with another round of stimulus checks and help with overdue rent and utility bills.
  • Seven in ten support extending civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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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