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Statewide Survey · December 2004

PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey of Orange County

Mark Baldassare

Some findings of the survey

  • Orange County residents are overwhelmingly upbeat about the county’s quality of life: Most (90%) say things are going well today. Majorities say their parks and beaches (84%), freeways and roads (64%), and schools (64%) are excellent or good. Over two-thirds of the county’s residents (69%) rate the local economy as excellent or good.
  • Virtually all county homeowners (98%) say they are satisfied with the homes they live in, and most (80%) are very satisfied.
  • In the recent presidential election, heavily Republican Orange County gave the nod to Bush (60%) over Kerry (39%).
  • County residents give the Republican governor sky-high marks: 68% say they approve of Schwarzenegger’s job performance (7 points higher than his statewide standing).
  • Orange County residents (62%) are also substantially more likely than Californians as a whole (44%) to say the state is going in the right direction.

This survey is a special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey, which periodically includes regional and special-theme surveys. The intent of the current survey is to provide timely, accurate, and objective information about policy preferences and economic, social, and political trends in Orange County.


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