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Poll: Voters backing Bernie Sanders—and Trump’s impeachment

January 22, 2020

The annual PACE/USC Rossier poll examines attitudes of California voters

By Ross Brenneman

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders is currently leading in a new PACE/USC Rossier poll of likely California voters. (Image licensed under Flickr Creative Commons, via user Gage Skidmore)

The U.S. Senate is beginning its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump while, at the same time, the Democratic primaries to see who might face him in the 2020 election are fast approaching.

In September 2017, then-California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill moving California’s 2020 primary elections up to the beginning of March, three months earlier than in the 2018 election cycle.

At the time, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said that the move meant that candidates would no longer “be able to ignore the largest, most diverse state in the nation.”

With California now joining several other states to vote on Super Tuesday, how California votes may very well swing the primary election.

The 2020 PACE/USC Rossier poll asked registered California voters for their opinions on a wide array of education and policy related issues, while also capturing voter sentiment on top political issues. While the full poll results will be released on February 10, 2020, here are partial results related to major current events.

The poll examined the attitudes of 2,000 registered California voters on a wide array of political and educational issues, in a survey conducted online from January 3–10, 2020. The poll was led by USC Rossier professors Julie A. Marsh and Morgan Polikoff along with the university-based research group Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), and was conducted by Tulchin Research. The PACE/USC Rossier poll has generally been conducted annually since 2012.

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