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An Early Look at the November Election

By Mark Baldassare

With California's November ballot taking shape, we examine how the state's voters are feeling about races for president, the US Senate, and the House of Representatives.

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Californians Want Referendum Reforms

By Mark Baldassare

While most Californians—including majorities across party lines--like the state’s referendum process, most believe it needs improvement and favor proposed reforms.

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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.


Understanding the Effects of School Funding

By Julien Lafortune

Funding for California’s K–12 public schools has reached record highs, but gaps in student outcomes remain. Understanding the benefits of additional funds, and how to distribute those funds, are key concerns for policymakers. This report offers insights from a robust body of research on the extent to which higher spending improves outcomes.

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The Rising Cost of College: Student Fees

By Courtney Lee, Jacob Jackson

Rising student fees increase the cost of attending college in California, even as the state's major public universities have agreed to freeze tuition.

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Primary Takeaways

By Mark Baldassare

The 2016 primary results point to several trends to watch in the November general election and beyond.

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New Era for Initiatives?

By Mark Baldassare

The drop-off in state propositions and citizens’ initiatives—which have often captured media attention and voter interest in the past—may mark the beginning of a trend with profound implications for voter engagement and state policymaking.

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