Research

Regional Surveys

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.

San Joaquin Valley Public Opinion Survey

Report 2017 San Joaquin Valley Public Opinion Survey

The Institute's regional survey reveals some similarities with statewide surveys but also important regional differences. 

2017 Survey - Results on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley conducted by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, nearly a majority of adults in the region oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").

The findings in the report are based on a random sample of adults from the San Joaquin Valley. The detailed findings regarding Obamacare can be found by clicking Here.

2017 Survey - Results on Deportations

According to the spring 2017 survey of the San Joaquin Valley, nearly a majority of respondents (46 percent) worry that they or someone they know could be deported. Minority groups were more likely to report being concerned about deportations. The survey results also show that a large majority of adults across the San Joaquin Valley (63 percent) believe that increasing deportations will be bad for the region's economy.

The findings in the report are based on a random sample of adults from the San Joaquin Valley. The detailed findings regarding Deportations can be found by clicking Here. 

2017 Survey - Results on Water

According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley conducted by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State, 1 in 5 adults, or 21 percent, said that access to clean drinking water is a problem. The survey results also show that many in the Valley are concerned about having an adequate water supply in the future. 

The findings in the report are based on a random sample of adults from the San Joaquin Valley. The detailed findings regarding Water can be found by clicking Here.

2017 Survey - Results on High-Speed Rail

According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley conducted by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State, a majority of respondents (58 percent) support the construction of the high-speed rail project. When asked about how they would use the high-speed rail if it was completed, 66 percent of respondents in the San Joaquin Valley said they would use it for business, pleasure, or both. 

The findings in the report are based on a random sample of adults from the San Joaquin Valley. The detailed findings regarding High-Speed Rail can be found by clicking Here.

Media Coverage

Merced Sun-Star "US approves $650M for train system, also helps high-speed rail" (05/22/17)

KSEE 24, Fresno "Water most important, High Speed Rail Favored in Valley Survey" (05/14/17)

California High-Speed Rail Authority "Growing Support for High-Speed Rail Construction in the Valley" (05/11/17)

Visalia Times-Delta "Survey: Valley residents worried about water" (05/10/17)

Progressive Rail Roading "Survey: San Joaquin Valley residents back high-speed rail project" (05/10/17)

Collegian, Fresno State "1 in 5 adults in Valley lack clean water, 46 percent fear deportation" (05/09/17)

Handford Sentinel "Valley survey finds bullet train support" (05/09/17)

POLITICO "California Playbook" (05/09/17)

Sierra Sun Times "Survey Shows Most Valley Residents Support Construction of High-Speed Rail" (05/09/17)

Merced Sun-Star "California high-speed rail opponents appear poised to fight ruling" (05/08/17)

Telemundo, Fresno "Estudio revela que muchos en el Valle no tienen acceso a agua de calidad" (05/04/17)

The Fresno Bee "Mayor rejects call by faith leaders to better protect undocumented immigrants" (05/03/17)

Valley Public Radio, NPR for Central California - Valley Edition, May 2 "New Poll Examines Valley Views On Water, Immigration, Health Care" (05/02/17)

The Porterville Reporter "Fresno State survey finds concern over deportations" (05/01/17)

La Opinión, Los Angeles "El Valle de San Joaquín: "canasta de alimentos del mundo" donde reina el miedo a la deportación" (04/28/17)

POLITICO "California Playbook" (04/28/17)

Univision, Los Angeles "'Sanwa', el epicentro del miedo a la deportación" (04/27/16)

The Fresno Bee "Fresno State survey: Nearly half of Valley adults worry about deportations for family or friends" (04/26/17)

Sierra2TheSea "Fresno State Survey – Nearly Half of San Joaquin Valley Adults are Worried about Deportations" (04/26/17)

Valley Public Radio, NPR for Central California "New Poll: 47 Percent of Valley Residents Oppose Obamacare Repeal" (04/24/17)