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Statewide Survey · October 2020

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

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:

  • In the presidential race, Biden maintains a wide lead over Trump, and Californians are more enthusiastic about voting than usual.
  • Views fall along party lines for confirming Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court, while majorities across parties oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
  • On ballot measures, likely voters are divided on Proposition 15, the “split roll” property tax, and support is low for Proposition 16, which would reinstate affirmative action.
  • At least half of Californians would get a COVID-19 vaccine, but two in three are concerned about a vaccine being rushed.

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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