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Statewide Survey · May 2020

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

This research was supported with funding from the Arjay and Frances F. Miller Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the PPIC Donor Circle.

Key findings from the current survey:

  • Many Californians are concerned about getting COVID-19 and needing hospitalization, while one in three report job loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Governor Newsom’s approval rating is up, though Californians are split on his budget and most oppose tax increases.
  • An overwhelming majority of likely voters support expanding vote-by-mail.
  • Among Californians, the president’s approval rating is low but stable.
  • Trust in the federal government remains low.

The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers nonpartisan, 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.


COVID-19 Economy Political Landscape Statewide Survey