PPIC Poll: Californians favor increased public higher ed funding

The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a new report with interesting poll results on Californian’s spending priorities. The “Californians and Their Government” survey is conducted periodically to examine the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices.

According to the 35-page report:

When asked to consider increasing spending in the four major state budget areas, Californians are most likely to favor increasing spending on K–12 public education (81%), followed by higher education (75%) and health and human services (66%). An overwhelming majority oppose increasing spending on prisons and corrections (72%), while just 23 percent favor doing so.

Past surveys have shown that Californians prioritize K–12 education above other state spending areas. Strong majority support for increasing spending in higher education also exists across regions and demographic groups, and among likely voters (70%), Democrats (84%), and independents (74%); support is lower among Republicans (55%).

“Like all of us, Californians clearly understand the importance of public funding for higher education,” remarked Kevin Wehr, chair of CFA’s Political Action/Legislative Committee. “They know, as we do, that it is the key to a strong economy and a democratic society.”

To read the full report, click here (PDF).