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Statewide Survey · September 2019

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

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

Key findings from the current survey:

  • In the Democratic presidential primary race, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders lead the rest of the field by a wide margin.
  • Californians see homelessness and the economy as the state’s top issues.
  • Most view immigrants as a benefit to the state; majorities oppose restricting abortion rights and access.
  • A school construction bond slated for the March 2020 ballot has a slim margin of support; fewer than half of likely voters support a potential November 2020 measure that would create a “split roll” property tax and direct some of the revenue to schools.

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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