Californians are widely supportive of Gov. Gavin Newsom's policy agenda, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Majorities of likely voters voiced approval for the governor's proposed investments in housing subsidies, tax credits and wildfire prevention, all outlined in his January budget.
Perhaps most surprising, nearly 60 percent of likely voters supported life imprisonment over the death penalty, in a poll taken after Newsom declared a moratorium on executions in the state.
"Gov. Newsom's agenda is receiving very positive reviews from Californians at this point in time," said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. "We found very positive responses to his plans to spend funds for things that Californians view as significant problems."
PPIC surveyed 1,706 California residents from March 10-19. Chief among the problems identified by them is housing affordability: 93 percent rated the issue as a "big problem" or "somewhat of a problem."