One major project the Institute undertakes is to conduct public opinion surveys each year on governance and policy issues in the San Joaquin Valley. Statewide surveys provide polling information on the Central Valley as a whole but do not draw representative samples of this area. As a consequence, local elected officials lack key information from constituents in this region about their attitude and positions on issues facing the region, state and nation.
The surveys will include a set of topics fielded on a regular basis to examine trends over time and also include more specialized topics on issues of regional importance. College Faculty will be invited to submit potential questions for the surveys on topics related to their research agendas. Information and data from these annual surveys will help inform our local elected leaders on the region's priorities. In addition, elected officials, advocacy groups, and government agencies can use the survey data to lobby policymakers at the local, state and federal level on the pressing needs of the region.
2018 San Joaquin Valley Survey
Results on Support for Generic Congressional Candidates and Attention to Politics
According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley, registered voters slightly favor Democratic candidates over Republicans for Congressional races. This generic ballot question, which does not list candidate names, is often used to potentially signal support for one party or the other leading up to an election. Overall, 42 percent of registered voters in the Valley say they would support the Democratic candidate, while 39 percent would vote for the Republican candidate. This difference is the same as the 3-point advantage Democrats have over Republicans in party registration across the entire San Joaquin Valley. The poll was conducted February 5 through 15, 2018 by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State and has a margin of error of ±3.9 percent.
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Results on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley, 7 out of 10 registered voters support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA. The program began under the Obama Administration and protects undocumented immigrants from deportation who were brought into the United States illegally as children. President Trump took executive action to end the program by March 5, 2018, but court challenges have delayed the program’s termination. The poll was conducted February 5-15, 2018 by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State and has a margin of error of +/-3.9 percent.
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