PPIC Logo Independent, objective, nonpartisan research
Statewide Survey · October 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:

  • Gavin Newsom remains ahead of John Cox in the governor’s race; Dianne Feinstein continues to lead Kevin de Le-n in the race for US Senate.
  • Two closely watched ballot initiatives-Prop 6, which would repeal recent gas tax increases, and Prop 10, which would expand local rent control authority-are trailing.
  • A majority of likely voters favor the Democratic candidate in their US House district-and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be enthusiastic about voting.

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.


Health & Safety Net Political Landscape Population Statewide Survey