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California’s Likely Voters

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

Likely voters lean Democratic and are ideologically mixed. They also tend to be whiter, older, more educated, and more affluent than adults overall.

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California Voter and Party Profiles

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

About 47% of registered voters are Democrats, 24% are Republicans, and 23% are independents. Most independent likely voters lean toward a major party.

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Student Loan Debt in California

By Jacob Jackson, Darriya Starr

Student borrowing in California has declined markedly over the past decade. Borrowing rates vary across the state’s public and private institutions; undergraduates at public universities are least likely to borrow, while students who attend for-profit schools are more likely to struggle to pay off loans.

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Income Inequality in California

By Tess Thorman, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Joseph Herrera

Top incomes in California have soared over recent decades while bottom incomes have faltered, contributing to one of the largest income gaps in the nation. Without tax and safety net programs, income inequality would be greater.

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Health Care Reform in California

By Shannon McConville

Coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act likely kept many Californians insured in 2020.

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Race and Voting in California

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Latinos, Asian Americans, and African Americans are less likely to vote than whites.

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Millennial Voters and California Politics

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Millennials are more liberal than older Californians—and more likely to favor immigration, health care reform, and state efforts to address climate change. But only three in ten are likely to vote.

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Californians and the Coast

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Most Californians see coastal conditions as very important to the state’s future. Majorities are concerned about ocean conditions and wildlife habitats, and two in three oppose drilling off the coast.

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Californians and the 2020 Census

By Sarah Bohn, Joseph Hayes, Tess Thorman

Large segments of California’s population are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census—which could affect the state’s congressional seats and billions of dollars in federal funding.

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