What do Californians like? Ballot initiatives and getting information from the internet

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October 16, 2011

California

A Field Poll of 1,001 registered California voters taken between September 1-12 found that:

  • 53% of the electorate thinks the state's I&R process is a good thing. 13% see it as a negative. 26% see some good things and some bad things in the process. In 1979, 83% of those polled saw it as a good thing.[1]
  • 44% of those surveyed said that "the internet" is their most important source for information about the state's ballot propositions. Seven years ago, in 2004, only 17% said that the internet was their most important source of information. "The internet" beats television (which ranked at 41%), the state's voter guide (36%), newspapers (31%) and radio (20%).[2][1]
  • Californian voters overwhelmingly believe that "the voting public" is more likely than the state's elected politicians to "consider the broad public interest in making decisions about state government policies and laws." 70% believe that. In 1982, only 42% agreed with that statement.[1]
  • By a margin of 63% to 24%, Californians believe that the voting public is more trustworthy than elected incumbents are when it comes to "[doing] what is right on important government issues." By a margin of 57% to 33%, they believe that the voting public is better suited “to decide upon large-scale government programs and projects."[1]
  • By a margin of 56% to 32%, voters approved Senate Bill 202, which says that statewide initiatives can only be voted on in November general elections.[1]
  • When it comes to assessing who is "[most] easily manipulated by special interest groups," 56% of Californians think that compared to the voting public, it is political incumbents who are most easily manipulated. 29% of Californians think it is the other way around.[1]

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