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New Census Data Sheds Light on California’s Changes

By Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch, Vicki Hsieh

The 2020 Census shows that California’s population—while increasing only a little—has become both more diverse and less rural in the past decade.

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Six in Ten Californians See Racism as a Big Problem

By Deja Thomas

Similar to a year ago—when nationwide protests over systemic racism were at their height—a majority of Californians say racism is a big problem, with views varying across racial/ethnic groups.

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California’s Politically Invisible

By Eric McGhee

California voters are older, better educated, wealthier, and more likely to be white than Californians who don’t vote. This gap between the voting public and Californians as a whole can make election results unrepresentative.

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Californians Continue to Favor Stricter Gun Laws

By Rachel Lawler

PPIC’s May survey—fielded prior to the shooting at a San Jose transit facility this week—finds that a solid majority of Californians favor stricter state gun regulations, a share consistent with our prior surveys.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Key findings from the current survey include: Nearly six in ten likely voters say they would vote to keep Governor Newsom in a recall election. Most Californians have positive views of the state’s vaccine distribution, but African Americans and Latinos are less likely than others to be vaccinated. Majorities approve of the governor’s proposals to provide Californians with another round of stimulus checks and help with overdue rent and utility bills. Seven in ten support extending civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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