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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Jennifer Paluch, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Most Californians have a negative outlook on the direction of the state (52%) and the economy (65%) for the next year, and on the impact of the current housing situation on their own finances (52%).
  • Most California residents continue to believe that the number of people without health insurance is a big problem (76%).
  • More than six in 10 Californians disapprove of President Bush and the U.S. Congress; more than seven in 10 say immigration policies need change and they favor a path to citizenship for working illegal immigrants.

This is the 82nd PPIC Statewide Survey, and the 26th in the Californians and Their Government series. This survey includes the responses of 2,002 Californians and is supported by The James Irvine Foundation.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

By Mark Baldassare, Jennifer Paluch, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek

Some findings of the current survey:

  • For the first time, a majority of Californians (54%) say they think global warming poses a very serious threat to the state’s future economy and quality of life.
  • A majority of the state’s likely voters (54%) say that presidential candidates’ positions on the environment will be very important in determining how they cast their vote in 2008.
  • Significantly more San Joaquin Valley residents (35%) than residents statewide (25%) identify air pollution as a very serious health threat to them and their families.

This is the 79th PPIC Statewide Survey and the seventh survey on the environment since 2000. This survey is part of a three-year series conducted with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The intent of the series is to inform state, local, and federal policymakers, encourage discussion, and raise public awareness about environment, education, and population issues.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Jennifer Paluch, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Residents (72%) and likely voters (65%) strongly support Governor Schwarzenegger’s health insurance proposal.
  • A majority of Californians (74%) say illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than two years should have a chance to keep their jobs and apply for legal status.
  • Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama (35% to 20%) among likely Democratic primary voters; Rudy Guiliani leads John McCain (29% to 15%) among likely Republican primary voters.
This is the 78th PPIC Statewide Survey and the 24th in PPIC’s Californians and Their Government series, conducted periodically to examine the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices in the state. It is supported by funding from The James Irvine Foundation.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Jennifer Paluch, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek

Some findings of the current survey:

  • The legislature’s approval ratings among all adults (41%) are nearing their highest point in recent years (43% in October 2004).
  • A term limits reform initiative proponents hope to put on the February 2008 primary ballot is opposed by a strong majority of likely voters (64%).
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi garners the approval of a majority of likely voters (53%).
  • Among likely voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the favored Democratic presidential candidate (35%), while Rudy Giuliani (33%) holds an early lead on the Republican side.

This is the 75th PPIC Statewide Survey and the 22nd in the Californians and Their Government series. It is made possible with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education

By Mark Baldassare

Some findings of the current survey

  • The vast majority of Californians (82%) believe that the quality of education in the state’s K-12 public schools is at least somewhat of a problem.
  • 59% of public school parents say that their local public schools do not receive enough state funding.
  • Most Californians are more likely to say that private schools (60%) rather than public schools (24%) provide the best education.
  • 78% of Californians say parents who fail to pay attention to how their children are doing is a big problem in K-12 public education.
  • Parental hopes for their children’s future education are stunning. Nine in 10 aspire to college graduation for their children, and 41 percent hope that their children will earn a postgraduate degree.

This special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey—a survey on education—is the first in a three-year PPIC survey series made possible with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The intent of this special series is to inform state, local, and federal policymakers; encourage discussion; and raise public awareness about a variety of education, environment, and population issues facing the state.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and Their Housing

By Mark Baldassare

Some findings of the current survey

  • 84% of Californians say that home values in their region have increased a lot in recent years.
  • 55% consider the availability of housing a big problem.
  • 77% say they are at least somewhat concerned that the cost of housing will prevent the younger generation in their family from buying a home in their region of the state.
  • Homeownership represents a profound dividing line between the “haves” and “have nots”: Majorities of whites (71%) and Asians (59%) own their homes; majorities of Latinos (55%) and blacks (51%) are renters. The likelihood of owning a home increases sharply with age, income, and education.
  • Homeowners are far more likely than renters to say they are very satisfied with their housing (75% to 34%) and community (65% to 41%).
  • Although 86% of renters in California hold onto the hope of being homeowners someday, only 18% believe it is very likely and 49% somewhat likely that they will find a home they can afford.

This is the 52nd PPIC Statewide Survey and the last in a current series of eight surveys examining public perceptions, policy preferences, and political choices relating to population growth, land use, and the environment.

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The Season of Our Discontent: Voters’ Views on California Elections

By D. E. Apollonio, Mark Baldassare, Jon Cohen, Bruce E. Cain

Over the past 20 years, two particular trends have emerged in California politics: Gubernatorial campaigns have spent increasing, record amounts of money—most of it on negative TV commercials attacking opponents. And at the same time, a growing percentage of voters have signaled their disaffection for negative campaigns by simply staying away from the polls. In this study, the authors use their findings from 10 surveys of over 20,000 Californians conducted during the 2002 election cycle to examine the disconnect between politicians and the public in California. The surveys show a high degree of dissatisfaction among Californians with their choice of candidates and the way campaigns are run in the state. They are highly supportive of campaign reforms, including candidate debates, public disclosure, finance reform, and pledges of campaign conduct.

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