Center For California Studies. Civic Engagement and Local Fiscal Attitudes: 2013 Survey of Californians David Barker, Director, Institute for Social Research Kim Nalder, Director, Project for an Informed Electorate. Additional Survey Team Members.
Civic Engagement and Local Fiscal Attitudes: 2013 Survey of CaliforniansDavid Barker, Director, Institute for Social ResearchKim Nalder, Director, Project for an Informed Electorate
Michael SmallResearch Analyst, Institute for Social ResearchEdward LascherDean, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary StudiesProfessor, Department of Public Policy and AdministrationKelly NelsonGraduate Research AssistantInstitute for Social ResearchTed RyanGraduate Research AssistantInstitute for Social Research
At the municipal level, do Californians tend to prioritize balanced budgets, low taxes, or public services?
What specific municipal services do Californians prioritize over others?
How knowledgeable and sophisticated is the average Californian when it comes to municipal budgets (e.g. where the money goes)?
How engaged and participatory are Californians in local politics and civic affairs?
How do civic knowledge and engagement – individually and in conjunction – influence fiscal attitudes/priorities?
(a) 2012 expenditures-revenues
(b) overall debt
Age, Residence, Education, and Income
Our average respondent:
Gender, Race, Ethnicity
Party ID (self report)
When summing the five spending priority items:
--- We suspect that these numbers are inflated.
We asked five questions to gauge fiscal political knowledge:
We then constructed an index for local knowledge (3 questions) and overall fiscal knowledge (all 5 questions).
(Among Those Living in Deficit)