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California’s State Budget: The Governor’s Proposal

By Radhika Mehlotra, Patrick Murphy

Governor Newsom’s first budget proposal would build up budget reserves and pay down debt—while increasing funding for housing, education, and health and human services.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Lunna Lopes

Key findings from the current survey: Four in ten Californians approve of Governor-Elect Newsom’s plans and priorities; half say they want him to take a different policy direction from Governor Brown. Majorities see new state spending on universal health coverage and free community college as high priorities; fewer prioritize high-speed rail. Californians view jobs and the economy as the most important priority for the state’s future; many believe that children will be worse off than their parents.

Report

The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California

By Eric McGhee, Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

If the 2020 Census does a poor job of counting traditionally undercounted populations and immigrant communities, the state could easily lose one of its 53 seats in the House of Representatives.

Fact Sheet

Californians’ Views on Climate Change

By Mark Baldassare, Alyssa Dykman, Lunna Lopes, Dean Bonner

The state’s leadership on climate change is important to most Californians. Most are concerned about the effects of global warming—including severe wildfires and rising sea levels. Majorities support action on climate change even if it increases costs.

Fact Sheet

California’s Independent Voters

By Mark Baldassare, Lunna Lopes, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman

Independents are now California’s second-largest voting bloc. Most lean toward a major party—but most also say neither party does an adequate job.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Lunna Lopes

Key findings from the current survey: A majority of likely voters (56%) say the candidates’ environmental positions are very important in determining their vote in the governor’s race (67% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and 33% of Republicans hold this view). Likely voters see drought and water supply as the top environmental issue facing the state, followed by air pollution; a majority (58%) support a water bond on the November ballot. A strong majority of likely voters (69%) say that the effects of global warming have already begun.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman

Key findings from the current survey: Democrat Gavin Newsom is likely voters’ top choice in the state’s gubernatorial primary; Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa are in a close race for the second spot on November’s ballot. Senator Dianne Feinstein holds a commanding lead over fellow Democrat Kevin de León. A single-payer state health care plan has the support of 53 percent of likely voters. But if the plan requires raising taxes, support declines to 41 percent. A solid 67 percent of likely voters say that immigrants benefit the state because of their hard work and job skills.

Report

Political Reform and Moderation in California’s Legislature: Did Electoral Reforms Make State Representatives More Moderate?

By Eric McGhee

California implemented several important election reforms at the start of this decade. Each was intended in part to promote more flexible, moderate decision-making among California’s elected officials in an era of increasingly acrimonious partisan conflict. This report looks at the moderating effect of three reforms: the shift of authority to draw legislative and congressional districts from the state legislature to an independent redistricting commission; the loosening of term limits for state legislators; and a highly open “top two” primary system.

Fact Sheet

Immigrants and Political Engagement

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Lunna Lopes

Just over half of immigrants in California who become US citizens are considered likely voters, a slightly smaller share than for US-born residents. Nearly half of immigrants say that they are paying more attention to politics since President Trump’s election.

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