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Statewide Survey · March 2003

PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Los Angeles County

Mark Baldassare

This survey is a special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey, which periodically includes regional and special-theme surveys. This particular survey provides an objective, in-depth profile of the public opinions, policy preferences, and economic, social, and political trends in Los Angeles County – the most populous county in the nation.

Some findings of the current survey

  • 71% of county residents say that when it comes to solving problems, the county government’s performance is fair (49%) or poor (22%).
  • Residents believe that most decisions about important issues should be made by local voters at the ballot box (78%), not elected officials (18%).
  • 76% of county residents describe themselves as very (42%) or somewhat (34%) concerned that they or someone in their family will become a crime victim. Most Latinos (67%) and Central/Southeast area residents (54%) say they are very worried about crime victimization.
  • Only 24% of residents rate the LA County economy today as excellent or good, while 48% say it is fair and 27% rate it as poor.
  • Far more residents today (67%) than just one year ago (52%) predict bad economic times for the state over the next 12 months.


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