Californians and the 2020 Election

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

All eyes will be on California when voters make their choices in the upcoming presidential primary on March 3. Last year, California experienced a surge in voter registration and voting. On the heels of record low turnout in 2014, the 2018 election had the highest turnout for a midterm in California since 1982. Still, PPIC […]

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Tectonic Shifts in Orange County

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

Orange County has evolved from a Republican stronghold to a credible target of opportunity for the Democrats seeking to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November election. Until the most recent presidential election, Republican candidates had won in every top-of-the-ticket statewide race in Orange County for 20 years. In fact, the […]

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Environmental Priorities and the Midterm Election

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

Just four months ahead of a consequential midterm election, California and the federal government continue to move in very different directions on environmental policy. Last week, the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back strict automobile emission standards were strongly criticized by the Brown administration. State officials have also pushed back on federal efforts to increase […]

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Primary Takeaways: Democracy Is Alive and Well in California

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

  With the release of the official Statement of the Vote, the final tally is in for the 2018 California primary. The election outcomes are encouraging news for California’s democracy—especially in light of criticisms of the top-two primary system by the national media. Several important statewide trends stand out:   Strong political participation. A record-setting 19 million […]

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A Preview of the California Governor’s Election

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

The people have spoken and the November election for governor has been decided: Democrat Gavin Newsom will face off against Republican John Cox. Let’s look at recent PPIC surveys to help us understand the determining factors of this outcome and the political dynamics that will surface in this fall’s matchup. In the weeks before the […]

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Californians and Immigration Policy

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

During President Trump’s first year, perhaps no issue caused more conflict between the state and federal government than immigration. In January, California became a sanctuary state. Yesterday, the US Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California over three state  immigration-related laws that were passed by the California Legislature in 2017. How do residents feel about […]

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The President’s Popularity and the Midterm Election

Mark Baldassare
President of the Public Policy Institute of California

California is a battleground state in the 2018 midterm election. When it comes to determining the party that will lead the next US Congress, all eyes are on the 14 US House seats that are currently held by Republicans in the deep-blue state of California. Democrats would need to “flip” several of these seats if […]

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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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