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About the Survey

Our mission
The PPIC Statewide Survey provides a voice for the public and likely voters—informing policymakers, encouraging discussion, and raising awareness on critical issues of the day.

Our vision
California’s decision makers—including voters at the ballot box—take action on the issues that matter most to our state’s residents.

Our work
The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. Our core audiences are policymakers, the media, and other engaged Californians. Inaugurated in 1998, the PPIC Statewide Survey has become widely known as a trusted source of public opinion in California. Surveys are conducted regularly throughout the year. PPIC relies on a rigorous survey methodology and is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative.

Key survey areas include:

Californians and Their Government. Examines social, economic, and political attitudes and tracks policy preferences of likely voters and all Californians.

Californians and Education. Looks at views of K–12 policies, with special attention to public school parents and likely voters.

Californians and the Environment. Investigates attitudes toward an array of environmental issues, from climate change to energy to drought, gauging related policy preferences.

Californians and Higher Education. Examines perceptions of the state’s public colleges and universities, from access to financing to quality.

Our staff
Mark Baldassare is director of the PPIC Statewide Survey. The survey team includes Dean Bonner, associate survey director, and Alyssa Dykman and Rachel Ward, survey research associates.

Our advisory committee
The PPIC Statewide Survey invites input, comments, and suggestions from its advisory committee, a diverse group of policy and public opinion experts. Survey methods, questions, and content are ultimately determined solely by PPIC’s survey team.

Our funders
The survey is supported by generous grants from a large and diverse number of California foundations, including those with a particular interest in education, the environment, and the political landscape. To learn more about giving, please visit our Support PPIC pages.

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