A new post-election survey just released by the Public Policy Institute of California found the following items of note:

  • 56% of independents, 75% of Latinos, and 59% of women voted for Jerry Brown.
  • 53% of independents, 62% of Latinos, and 58% of women voted for Barbara Boxer.
  • Among all the initiatives, Propositon 19 — marijuana legalization — by far attracted the most attention, with 38% of respondents saying they were interested in it. The second most followed initiative was Proposition 23, which attempted to suspend the state’s anti-global warming law. Proposition 19 and Proposition 23 both lost.
  • Governor Schwarzenegger’s approval rating is a dismal 32%.
  • The California State Legislature’s approval rating is a beyond-dismal 12%. (That’s just 5% greater than Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s rating about a month before he was impeached.) And yet, that 12% represents an improvement over the legislature’s rating earlier in the year.
  • 41% of voters think the switch to GOP control of the House is a good thing, while 34% consider it to be a negative event.
  • President Obama’s approval rating among Californians is 53%.

Read the full survey results here.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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