The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) routinely conducts a statewide survey examining individual sentiments about government officials, the economy, and critical issues. The most recent survey considers the impacts of COVID-19 on the Governor’s approval rating as well as top concerns among Californians. Of keen interest to us, the survey showed that the overwhelming majority of Californians support expanding Vote-by-Mail.

“Governor Newsom recently directed county election officials to send vote-by-mail ballots for the November election to all registered voters. An overwhelming majority of likely voters (73%) say this is a good idea, while just 24 percent say it is a bad idea.”

The survey was good news for Governor Gavin Newsom as 65% of California adults approved of his overall job performance, and they gave him a 69% approval rating for his management of COVID-19.

Respondents said that jobs and the economy are among the top issues that the state is facing, preceded only by the coronavirus. While 71% of people said that California is in a recession, 58% believe that the state is “going in the right direction” to resolve economic issue s.