February 25, 2018
Californians polled on candidates, issues
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A statewide survey on a series of campaigns and issues finds most California voters ready to make some choices in the June Primary.

Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa are running a close race among likely voters in the gubernatorial primary. Among Republican voters, Travis Allen receives 24 percent and John Cox 20 percent. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking re-election, continues to lead fellow Democrat Kevin de León, state senate president pro tem, by double digits.

Those are among the key findings of a statewide survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

On some hot button topics, likely voters are evenly split when asked whether they favor repeal of the recently passed increase in the state gasoline tax, a measure that could be on the ballot this fall.

Californians name immigration as the most important issue for the governor and legislature to work on this year (20% all adults, 23% likely voters).

Overwhelming majorities (85% adults, 81% likely voters) favor the protections given by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

Nearly half of adults (46%) are closely following news about sexual harassment and misconduct in the legislature.

As Jerry Brown begins his final year as governor, 56 percent of adults approve of the way he is handling his job.

About two-thirds of Californians approve of the governor’s budget when they are read a brief description of the plan, which projects a one-time surplus and would bring the rainy day fund to 100 percent of its constitutional target.

Just over one-fourth say that President Trump and the US Congress will be able to work together and accomplish a lot in the next year. At the close of the president’s first year in office, Trump’s approval rating in California is only 26 percent among adults.

The PPIC findings were based on a telephone survey of 1,705 California adult residents.
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