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Police Use of Force and Misconduct in California

By Deepak Premkumar, Alexandria Gumbs, Shannon McConville, Renee Hsia

Nearly 200 Californians die each year in police encounters. Amid growing concern over civilian deaths and racial injustice, we examine what the existing data can—and cannot—tell us about police use of force and misconduct. We also offer recommendations for strengthening the state’s ongoing efforts to improve police transparency and accountability.

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Do Californians Trust Government to Do What Is Right?

By Deja Thomas

Californians are divided on trusting the state government, with nearly half saying they trust it just about always or most of the time. Californians tend to express less trust in the federal government.

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Where Do Californians Stand on Abortion?

By Rachel Lawler

An overwhelming majority of Californians do not want Roe v. Wade overturned, and a solid majority are concerned about some states making it too difficult to get an abortion.

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Are COVID Policies Affecting Approval Ratings?

By Rachel Lawler

Californians say COVID-19 is the top issue facing the state, as state and national leaders grapple with how to manage the current phase of the pandemic.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

Key findings include: A majority of likely voters say they will vote no on removing Governor Newsom; about half do not favor any replacement candidate or won’t vote [for one]. Californians name COVID as the top issue facing the state. Six in ten favor requiring proof of vaccination to enter large outdoor gatherings or some indoor spaces. Californians are divided on whether the US will see good financial times ahead.

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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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