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Redistricting and the Changing Demographics of the California Legislature

By Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch

The November 2022 election has transformed the demographics of California’s state legislature and congressional delegation, adding greater numbers of Latinos and women in particular. Newly redrawn political districts are one of the factors driving this change.

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Voters’ Wish List for the Next Election Cycle

By Mark Baldassare

California’s citizens’ initiative process remains popular as a way of addressing the state’s most important challenges. But voters believe that the system has certain shortcomings and should be reformed.

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Who Is the California Voter?

By Stephanie Barton

A near record-high share of eligible individuals are registered to vote in the Golden State. Likely voters tend to be older, white, affluent, college educated, and homeowners. Nonvoters, on the other hand, are more likely to be younger, Latino, lower income, less educated, and renters.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

Key findings include: Proposition 30 on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has lost ground in the past month, with support among likely voters now falling short of a majority. Democrats hold an overall edge across the state's competitive districts; the outcomes could determine which party controls the US House of Representatives. Four in ten likely voters are satisfied with how democracy is working in the US. Many Californians have negative perceptions of their personal finances and the US economy this election season.

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Voters’ Views on November’s Propositions

By Mark Baldassare

As we near the midterm election, voters’ attitudes toward key statewide ballot measures, as well as toward potential reforms to the initiative process, suggest that California’s system of direct democracy remains a work in progress.

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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Vicki Hsieh

With the midterm election approaching, researchers Rachel Lawler and Dean Bonner discuss new PPIC Statewide Survey findings on key state ballot measures, competitive US House districts, and issues that could shape election outcomes.

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Californians Show Renewed Faith in the Electoral Process

By Rachel Lawler

The share of Californians expressing confidence in the state’s election system is now at the highest level ever in PPIC surveys. However, levels of confidence vary substantially across partisan lines.

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Water for Wildlife Refuges: 30 Years of the CVPIA

By Sarah Bardeen

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act turns 30 this year. We asked three experts to explain what the CVPIA is—and why it’s so vitally important for migratory birds.

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