IGS Survey: California Politics and Policy

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January 8, 2016

In a measure of public opinion about several issues that could go before voters this year, the IGS Poll finds that Californians strongly support a higher minimum wage and the legalization of recreational marijuana, but have mixed views about extending the higher sales and income tax rates enacted by Proposition 30.

The survey, conducted from Aug. 11 to Aug. 26, 2015, also measured public opinion about a wide variety of other California issues and found strong opposition to higher gas tax and vehicle registration fees, strong support for the idea that terminally ill people should be able to take doctor-prescribed drugs to end their lives, and strong opposition to sanctuary city policies under which local authorities ignore federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested but are about to be released.

About the authors:

Douglas J. Ahler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research has appeared in the Journal of Politics and his work on California’s top-two primary is forthcoming at Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Jack Citrin is the director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Heller Professor of Political Science at the University, where he has taught since 1969.

Ethan Rarick is the associate director of IGS and the director of the Institute’s Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service. He is the author of California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown and the editor of several books on California, including Governing California: Politics, Government, and Public Policy in the Golden State.

IGS Survey: California Politics and Policy is available on eScholarship.