More Spending on Water Infrastructure Important to Most Californians, PPIC Survey Says

Posted on 04/21/17

Venice Neighborhood Council

A new statewide survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), shows that 88% of Californians think it is important for the state to spend more money on water and flood management infrastructure.
“After the recent rains, many Californians have added water and flood management to their wish list for meeting the state’s infrastructure needs,” PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare said in a statement.
The survey, titled “Californians & Their Government,” also revealed that although there are wide regional and political differences, overall, 77% of respondents think it is “very important” (51%) or “somewhat important” (26%) to build tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to improve the reliability of water supply.
Specifically, 64% of Los Angeles area respondents consider Delta tunnels “very important” while only 40% of Central Valley respondents agree. With respect to politics, the survey found that Democrats (51%) are slightly more likely than Republicans (43%) to say the tunnels are “very important,” while those who approve of Gov. Jerry Brown are much more likely than those who disapprove to hold this view (57% to 40%).
Other “Californians & Their Government” survey questions examined approval ratings for state elected officials, as well as opinions on government regulation on business and the environment, high speed rail, the fairness of state and local taxes, the treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system, and local crime control.

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