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Statewide Survey · December 2005

PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Population

Mark Baldassare

Some findings of the current survey:

  • The vast majority of Californians (78%) – including Latinos (74%) and evangelical Christians (66%) – prefer sex education programs that also teach children about obtaining and using contraceptives.
  • A strong majority of Californians (68%) believe that their local school districts should require such programs in both middle and high schools.
  • Although statistics indicate that teen pregnancy rates have declined across the state, 72 percent of California residents say they have increased (38%) or stayed the same (34%).
  • Seven in 10 Californians (71%) support Roe v. Wade ” including majorities of all major racial and ethnic groups ” while 22 percent want to overturn it.

This is the 62nd PPIC Statewide Survey and the third in a three-year series of special surveys focusing on education, environment, and population issues facing the state. This special survey series is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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