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|February 22, 2017|
Californians surveyed on ‘hot button’ topics
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Californians have weighed in on several issues in the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
When Californians are asked to name the one issue facing the state that is most important for the governor and legislature to work on, immigration is tied with jobs and the economy as the top issue.
As to immigration, an overwhelming majority (85%) say there should be a way for undocumented immigrants to stay in the US legally if certain requirements are met. Asked whether state and local governments should make their own policies and take actions—separate from the federal government—to protect the legal rights of undocumented immigrants in California, a solid majority of adults (65%) favor state and local action.
While Governor Brown continues to get a record high job approval (62%), fewer than half support his proposed budget. Yet just 37 percent of Californians see the budget situation as a big problem.
“The public strongly believes that transportation spending should be a high priority for the state government,” PPIC Director Mark Baldassare said. “Yet with most saying that we also have to spend what we have more wisely, state bonds are much more popular than fees and taxes for funding much-needed improvements.”
And, a strong majority of Californians (65%) say global climate change is a major threat to the well-being of the US.
Story Date: February 16, 2017