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.