Constitutional Reform in California: The Surprising Divides

Mike Binder, Tammy Frisby, Thad B Kousser
2010 California Journal of Politics and Policy  
In a survey of over 1,000 Californians, we found substantial divides in public opinion on issues related to constitutional change. Beyond partisan differences, there are racial and ethnic divides as well as unexpected differences between counties. Latinos and Asian-Americans (the growing "new" California electorate) are less dissatisfied with the initiative process, less eager to change California's constitution to restrict direct democracy, and more likely to be unsure about their views on
more » ... their views on constitutional reform than whites and African-Americans (the "old" California electorate). This article also explores surprising geographic patterns in support and opposition to proposed reforms, such as the elimination of the two-thirds requirement for passing the state budget.
doi:10.5070/p2nk5p fatcat:brxawaoyijbj3drz6jnjquesbu