PPIC Polling and the Immigration Debate

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

One of the most important issues for Californians in the first year of the Trump administration is changing federal immigration policy. Immigrants are a significant presence in California, and even more so in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles, the state’s most populous county, is home to more than 10 million people, including more immigrants than […]

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California Is Different

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

With the stunning victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election, it is easy to overlook the significance of the California vote. The political experience here was starkly different from the US in ways that went beyond our normal “blue state” election performance. I’m going to focus on election and polling trends that caught my […]

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The End of the Post-Partisan Era?

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

Last week, a press release from the California Secretary of State touted the record number of 18.2 million California registered voters as a “major milestone.” The new numbers are impressive, but it’s also worth noting that California’s voter registration is in line with its current population trends. Both the number of registered voters and the number of […]

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Primary Election Takeaways

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

With the release of the official Statement of the Vote on Friday, the 2016 California primary is now in the history books. The final tally by the Secretary of State offers many new insights for those of us who closely follow elections and polling in California. This year’s results deserve a particularly close look because of the […]

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Worlds Apart: California’s Partisan Divide and the 2016 Election

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

With the June 7 primary behind us, it’s time to reflect on what we have learned about California’s likely voters as we look ahead to the November 8 election. The December 2015 PPIC Statewide Survey reported a profound schism between Republicans who wanted “new ideas and a different approach” and Democrats who favored “experience and […]

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Californians’ Views of Political Outsiders

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

One of the early surprises in the 2016 presidential election is the strength of polling support for primary candidates who have never held elected office. A recent Pew national survey also found that Americans chose “new ideas and a different approach” by a wide margin over “experience and a proven record” when asked what was more important […]

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Californians and Congress

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

The recent announcement of Speaker Boehner’s resignation comes at a time when national approval ratings of the US Congress are in the teens (14% in September Gallup Poll). With the early talk of majority leader Kevin McCarthy stepping into the Speaker position, what are Californians saying about the powerful federal institution that the congressman from […]

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Californians and Climate Change

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

It’s been nine years since the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” had its debut and AB 32, the “California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006” was passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then, Republicans and Democrats at the federal level have sparred over the scientific evidence on global warming, […]

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Tax Increases and Voter Distrust

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

The California budget passed on time and without much drama this June, as tax revenues once again exceeded expectations because of the improving economy. The new budget will increase education spending, restore some human services funding cuts, pay down the government’s debt, increase the rainy day fund for future recessions, and support drought emergency funding—all […]

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Local School Funding & the Exclusive Electorate

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

State funding for K-12 public education has been rising, but 70 percent of public school parents say it is “not enough” in our April PPIC Survey. Are California voters likely to heed these parents’ calls and support local ballot measures for school funding? It doesn’t look likely. To begin with, likely voters are much less […]

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