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How California voters’ view affordability, climate change, and forest fires

Quinnipiac University, February 6, 2019

“From January 30 – February 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 912 California voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

“Affording the Golden State

“Led by younger voters, 43 percent of California voters feel they can’t afford to live in the Golden State. Among voters 18 to 34 years old, 61 percent say they can’t afford to live in California.

“Voters statewide say 77 – 18 percent that there is a housing crisis in California. That ranges from 72 – 20 percent among voters living inland and in the Valley to 87 – 11 percent among voters living in coastal areas.

“Climate change, forest fires

“A total of 78 percent of California voters are ‘very concerned’ or ‘somewhat concerned’ about climate change, 21 percent are ‘not so concerned’ or ‘not concerned at all.’

“California must do more to address climate change, 57 percent of voters say, while 19 percent say the state is doing enough and 18 percent say the state is doing too much.

“ ‘Californians say 62 – 34 percent that the changing climate is adding fuel to the wildfires. But voters are divided on which is more to blame for the severity of the fires, climate change or bad stewardship of the land,’ said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.” Read more here.

Poll results can be downloaded as a PDF.