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Public Opinion Poll

New America Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Citizens Assembly

Nearly 3/4 of California Voters Would Like to See Panel Created
December 13, 2006 |

A survey commissioned by the New America Foundation finds that nearly three-quarters of California voters would like to see the creation of a citizen's panel to explore ideas for making the state's election process more fair and competitive.

More than three out of four voters also said the system favors Democrat and Republican candidates and is unfair to independents or minor party candidates. And nearly 60% said the system needs improvement and that government would perform better if a wider variety of candidates were elected.

The poll was commissioned by New America Foundation and conducted by the Survey and Policy Research Institute in San Jose. It interviewed a random sample of 600 registered California voters who had cast ballots in at least one of the last four elections or who were newly registered to vote. These voters are referred to as active voters. Respondents were conducted Nov. 27-30 in English and Spanish by EMH Opinions of Sacramento. The statistical margin of error for the survey, at the 95% confidence level, is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Poll questions and results, along with analysis and selected cross-tabs, are available below in PDF format. A related press release on this survey is also available online.