- The GPCA has only a limited amount of energy to expend and that means we can give the highest level of attention only to a limited number of issues. Are public opinion polls of value in determining where that energy is best spent?
The most recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a new study entitled Californians and their Government: January 2007. Given that the aim of the PPIC is to improve public policy in California, this is about as good as any survey will be.
One of the more interesting facts out of this survey is that the number on issue for people in the State of California is "immigration / illegal immigration". I note that the wording of the question (pg. 27) uses exactly that terminology, both the positive "immigration" and the negative "illegal immigration". The question asked the responder to select "which one issue facing California today do you think is the most important for the governor and state legislature to work on in 2007?". The ranking of the responses was:
- 22% immigration / illegal immigration
- 18% education / schools
- 13% health care / health costs
- 10% other
- everything else was less than 10%.
The Tahoe GA approved an update to the platform regarding immigration. A translation of that platform by Rocío Guido-Ferns (09-2006) can be found here. At the very least, we should have this translation available for distribution when tabling.