PPIC Survey: Californians and the Environment

Voters see environmental issues as key in the governor’s race.
PPIC New Publication
Statewide Survey:
Californians and the Environment
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Lunna Lopes

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Key findings
  • A majority of likely voters (56%) say the candidates’ environmental positions are very important in determining their vote in the governor’s race (67% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and 33% of Republicans hold this view).
  • Likely voters see drought and water supply as the top environmental issue facing the state, followed by air pollution; a majority (58%) support a water bond on the November ballot.
  • A strong majority of likely voters (69%) say that the effects of global warming have already begun.

This research was supported with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation.


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On Friday, July 27, in Sacramento, PPIC researcher Alyssa Dykman will outline the findings of this new survey. This event is supported with funding from the PPIC Corporate Circle and the PPIC Donor Circle.


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About the survey

The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. PPIC’s survey team 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 survey team. PPIC relies on a rigorous survey methodology and is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative. The PPIC Statewide 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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