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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

The latest survey tracks voter preferences and enthusiasm in the run-up to California’s March 5 primary. It gauges opinions about local, state, and national economic conditions and views of the state budget. It also examines views on the situation at the US–Mexico border as well as the role the US should play in conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Lauren Mora, Deja Thomas

The key findings of the survey include: Schiff, Porter, and Garvey lead in California's top-two primary for the US Senate. Strong majorities see the situation with migrants at the US-Mexico border as a major problem and want the US to focus on improving the process for admission decisions. Most support Israel and Hamas agreeing to a ceasefire now; Californians are more divided on providing aid to the region.

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Self-Employment in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Jenny Duan, Sarah Bohn

Self-employment is an important contributor to California’s economy; the self-employed make up 11% of workers statewide and the jobs they create account for 23% of total employment. Rates of self-employment vary across regions and demographic groups.

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Who Are California’s Workers?

By Tess Thorman, Jenny Duan, Sarah Bohn

Most of California’s 19 million workers earn wages or salaries. Californians work in a variety of occupations and sectors, and wages vary widely across regions and demographic groups.

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Immigrants in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Cesar Alesi Perez, Hans Johnson

California is home to more than 10 million immigrants—almost a quarter of the foreign-born population nationwide. Almost half of California’s immigrants are from Latin America, but a majority of recent arrivals come from Asia.

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California’s Population

By Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Eric McGhee

Growth in the nation’s most populous state has slowed notably in the 21st century, with recent years bringing a drop in population due to higher deaths, lower births, and changes in migration. More than half of Californians under 24 are Latino while more than half of Californians 65 and older are white.

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Video: Health Conditions and Health Care among California’s Undocumented Immigrants

By Stephanie Barton

As the state prepares to expand Medi-Cal to all low-income Californians regardless of immigration status, a new PPIC report looks at how undocumented patients use community clinic services. Researcher Shalini Mustala discusses this report’s key findings, and researcher Paulette Cha moderates a panel discussion on lessons learned from recent Medi-Cal expansions.

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