PPIC - Dec 2008

PPIC - Dec 2008 - DECEMBER 2008 Californians & their...

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Unformatted text preview: DECEMBER 2008 Californians & their government in collaboration with The James Irvine Foundation Mark Baldassare Dean Bonner Jennifer Paluch Sonja Petek PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA 500 Washington Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, California 94111 phone: 415.291.4400 fax: 415.291.4401 PPIC SACRAMENTO CENTER Senator Office Building 1121 L Street, Suite 801 Sacramento, California 95814 phone: 916.440.1120 fax: 916.440.1121 www.ppic.org [email protected] The Public Policy Institute of California is dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research on major economic, social, and political issues. The institute’s goal is to raise public awareness and to give elected representatives and other decisionmakers a more informed basis for developing policies and programs. The institute’s research focuses on the underlying forces shaping California’s future, cutting across a wide range of public policy concerns, including economic development, education, environment and resources, governance, population, public finance, and social and health policy. PPIC is a private, nonprofit organization. It does not take or support positions on any ballot measures or on any local, state, or federal legislation, nor does it endorse, support, or oppose any political parties or candidates for public office. PPIC was established in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett. Mark Baldassare is President and Chief Executive Officer of PPIC. Thomas C. Sutton is Chair of the Board of Directors. TABLE OF CONTENTS About the Survey 1 Press Release 3 November 2008 Election 7 State Political Context 15 Regional Map 24 Methodology 25 Questionnaire and Results 27 ABOUT THE SURVEY The PPIC Statewide Survey provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with objec- tive, advocacy–free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. Inaugurated in April 1998, this is the 93rd PPIC Statewide Survey in a series that has generated a database that includes the responses of more than 198,000 Californians. This survey is the 33rd in the Californians and Their Government series, which periodically examines the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices. The series is currently supported with funding from The James Irvine Foundation. This survey includes interviews with Californians who report voting in the November 4 election, and provides a unique opportunity to observe how voters view, react to, and approach information- gathering, and how they make ballot choices, and participate in the citizens’ initiative process....
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