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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the Environment Mark Baldassare Sonja Petek August 2006 Outline PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series Air Quality and Health Energy and Global Warming Environment and Politics Conclusions PPIC Statewide Survey Mission

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ppic statewide survey special survey on the environment

PPIC Statewide Survey:Special Survey on the Environment

Mark Baldassare

Sonja Petek

August 2006

outline
Outline
  • PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy and Global Warming
  • Environment and Politics
  • Conclusions
ppic statewide survey mission
PPIC Statewide Survey Mission
  • Provide timely, relevant, nonpartisan data on political, social, economic attitudes
  • Inform policymakers, raise public awareness, stimulate debate
  • 144,000+ Californians interviewed since 1998
  • Californians and Their Government, regional and special survey issues
special survey on the environment
Special Survey on the Environment
  • Fifth in PPIC / Hewlett series on environment, education, population
  • Focus on air quality, global warming, energy issues, and environment and politics
  • 5 regions, 4 racial / ethnic groups, multilingual interviewing
  • Telephone interviews, July 5 - July 18
    • 2,501 adults
    • +/- 2% margin of error
outline5
Outline
  • PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy and Global Warming
  • Environment and Politics
  • Conclusions
most important state environmental issue
Most Important State Environmental Issue

What do you think is the most important

environmental issue facing California today?

Air pollution

50

Energy

Global warming

40

30

%

20

10

0

2000

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

regional air pollution across regions
Regional Air Pollution:Across Regions

How big of a problem is air pollution in your region?

Percent saying “big problem”

100

80

60

54

51

47

%

40

33

29

20

0

Central Valley

SF Bay Area

Los Angeles

Orange/

San Diego

Inland Empire

perceived trends in air quality across racial ethnic groups
Perceived Trends in Air Quality:Across Racial / Ethnic Groups

Is the air quality in your region better or worse than it was 10 years ago?

100

Percent saying “worse”

80

63

60

54

%

44

42

40

20

0

Asians

Blacks

Latinos

Whites

air pollution and health threat across racial ethnic groups
Air Pollution and Health Threat:Across Racial / Ethnic Groups

How serious of a health threat is air pollution

to you and your immediate family?

100

Somewhat serious

Very serious

75

80

72

60

53

52

%

40

20

0

Asians

Blacks

Latinos

Whites

preferred responsibility for air quality
Preferred Responsibility for Air Quality

Which level of government do you think should have the primary responsibility for setting air quality standards in your region?

8

17

39

State government

17

Federal government

19

Regional air

resources board

Local government

All adults

Other/don't know

actions for improving air quality
Actions for Improving Air Quality

Would you be willing to see tougher air pollution standards on new cars, trucks, and SUVs?

Would you be willing to see tougher air pollution standards on ships, trucks, and trains that transport freight and cargo?

6

7

All adults

19

18

4

9

66

71

Yes, even if more costly

Yes, but not if more costly

No

Don't know

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Outline
  • PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy and Global Warming
  • Environment and Politics
  • Conclusions
perceptions of global warming
Perceptions of Global Warming

Which of the following statements reflects your view of when the

effects of global warming will begin to happen?

Democrats

Republicans

3

3

All adults

8

9

5

19

6

47

74

Already begun

14

Within a few years

Within your lifetime

8

4

Not within lifetime,

but will affect future

generations

Will never happen

Don't know

perceptions of global warming14
Perceptions of Global Warming

How serious of a threat is global warming to the

economy and quality of life for California’s future?

2005

2006

3

All adults

4

10

8

9

12

39

49

30

36

Very serious

Somewhat serious

Not too serious

Not at all serious

Don't know

state and federal policy actions
State and Federal Policy Actions

Do you think the _____ is on the right track or wrong track when it comes to addressing the issue of global warming?

California state government

Federal government

17

All adults

24

29

43

54

33

Right track

Wrong track

Don't know

role of state policymaking
Role of State Policymaking

Do you favor or oppose the California state government making

its own policies, separate from the federal government,

to address the issue of global warming?

2005

2006

All adults

9

8

27

54

37

65

Favor

Oppose

Don't know

california emissions policy
California Emissions Policy

What about the proposal made by Governor Schwarzenegger and other legislators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state back to 1990 levels by the year 2020?

What about the state law that requires all automakers to further reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from new cars in California beginning in 2009?

6

16

All adults

16

19

65

78

Favor

Oppose

Don't know

alternative energy
Alternative Energy

How about spending more government money to develop alternative sources of fuel for automobiles?

How about spending more government money to develop renewable energy such as solar, geothermal, and wind power?

4

4

All adults

13

15

83

81

Favor

Oppose

Don't know

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Outline
  • PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy and Global Warming
  • Environment and Politics
  • Conclusions
federal and state involvement
Federal and State Involvement

Overall, do you think that the ________ is doing more than enough, just enough, or not enough to protect the environment in ________?

Federal government:

protecting the U.S.

State government:

protecting California

5

10

3

7

Likely voters

23

37

48

67

More than enough

Just enough

Not enough

Don't know

president s approval ratings
President’s Approval Ratings

Do you approve or disapprove of the way thatGeorge W. Bush is handling …

Likely voters

100

Approve

Disapprove

80

65

63

61

60

%

36

40

28

27

20

0

Overall job

Environmental issues

Energy policy

governor s approval ratings
Governor’s Approval Ratings

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that

Arnold Schwarzenegger is handling …

100

Approve

Likely voters

Disapprove

80

60

49

%

44

43

40

38

36

40

20

0

Overall job

Environmental issues

Energy policy

governor s election and environmental positions
Governor’s Election andEnvironmental Positions

In thinking about the California governor’s election in November, how important to you are the candidates’ positions on the environment—such as air pollution, global warming, and energy policy—in determining your vote?

Democrats

Republicans

5

Likely voters

24

24

32

63

52

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

governor s election
Governor’s Election

If the November 7th election for governor were

being held today, would you vote for …

23

43

4

Arnold Schwarzenegger,

the Republican

Phil Angelides,

the Democrat

30

Peter Camejo,

the Green

Likely voters

Other/don’t know

outline25
Outline
  • PPIC / Hewlett Survey Series
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Energy and Global Warming
  • Environment and Politics
  • Conclusions
implications
Implications
  • Air quality concerns steady over time,differ by regions and race/ethnicity
  • Global warming and energy concerns on the rise
  • Interest in fuel efficiency, pollution standards
  • Larger role for state policy given federal response
  • Support for state policies on global warming
  • Environmental issues important in 2006 elections
next steps for ppic survey series
Next Steps for PPIC Survey Series
  • Briefings for local, state, federal policymakers
  • Follow environmental and energy issues through summer and fall surveys
  • “Californians and the Future” survey series on growth, infrastructure, and 2006 ballot choices
  • Continue Hewlett survey series on education, environment, and population
thank you
Thank you

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