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Statewide Survey · November 2019

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation and the PPIC Donor Circle.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • Biden, Warren, and Sanders are the frontrunners in California’s Democratic presidential primary.
  • Most Californians favor impeaching President Trump and removing him from office; views on how the impeachment inquiry is being handled are mixed.
  • Many are concerned about wildfires and power shutoffs during fall fire season; local utilities and the governor get mixed reviews for their handling of the issue.
  • Nearly two-thirds think California is divided between “haves” and “have nots”; 41 percent see themselves as “haves’ and 44 percent say they are “have nots.”

The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. PPIC invites input, comments, and suggestions from policy and public opinion experts and from its own advisory committee, but survey methods, questions, and content are determined solely by the PPIC survey team. The PPIC Statewide Survey relies on-a rigorous survey methodology-and is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative. The survey is conducted regularly throughout the year in the key areas of government, the environment, K-12 education, and higher education.


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