January 29, 2020
Study profiles likely 2020 voters
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - With the 2020 elections just ahead, voter registration in California is up: almost 8 in 10 eligible adults are registered.

While the numbers are impressive, Californians who are actually likely to vote still tend to be older, relatively well-educated and affluent, and US-born. They are also disproportionately white.

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found the share of registered voters who are Democrats (43.1%) is similar to what it was in 2015. While the share of Republicans (23.6%) has declined, at the same time, the share of voters who say they are independent (also known as “decline to state” or “no party preference”) has been increasing and is now 28.3%.

Other findings:
- 45% are Democrats, 27% are Republicans, 23% are independents, and 5% are registered with other parties.
- Whites make up only 42% of California’s adult population but 58% of the state’s likely voters.
- Californians ages 55 and older make up 32% of the state’s adult population but constitute 47% of likely voters.
- The share of likely voters in each region mirrors the region’s share of the state’s overall adult population. In the Inland Empire, it’s 11% of adults and 9% of likely voters.
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