The Public Policy Institute of California recently conducted its annual statewide poll and found that water, followed by air pollution, were identified as the most important environmental issues facing the state. At their July 27 public presentation, Alyssa Dkyman, PPIC research associate and co-author on the study, noted the most interesting finding from their survey was the 40 percent increase in respondents (since 2014) who said that gubernatorial candidates’ positions on the environment were “very important.”

This was the highest share of likely voters responding this way since PPIC began asking the question in 2006. Additionally, the survey found that a majority of likely voters planned to vote for Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion water and parks bond measure on the November 2018 ballot, while only a quarter of respondents reported they would not vote for it. The full PPIC report and survey results may be viewed here.