Deliberative Polling®: California
California's First Statewide Deliberative Poll ®
On June 24, 2011, a scientifically selected random sample of 412 registered voters from throughout the state participated in California’s first ever statewide Deliberative Poll on governance reform, in Torrance, CA. The turnout for the “What’s Next California?” Poll was unprecedented in the 17 year history of Deliberative Polling® and the participants came prepared and eager to share their views and engage with fellow Californians in discussions about how our state is governed.
The Poll focused on four issue areas: The statewide initiative process, legislative representation, local government, and tax and fiscal policy. A total of 30 proposals were considered in these four areas. Over the course of the weekend’s deliberations participants became more informed and in many cases changed their views significantly after deliberation with peers. What do California voters think should be done to fix the state when they focus on the substance of the issues? “What’s Next California?” offers some clear answers.
By the People: What's Next California?
View the PBS Newshour documentary on the What's Next California Deliberative Poll®.
What's Next California? The Informed Voters's Path to Political Reform
James Fishkin announces the results and discusses the Deliberative Poll® at the Commonwealth Club of California
- Final Report: Overview
- What's Next California? Overview and Results
- Participant Guide: What's Next California?
- James Fishkin: "They're Teaching Themselves About the Issues"
- California Voters Fed-Up With Gridlock as Budget Crunch Lingers, PBS Newshour, 11/2011 VIDEO
- Can Deliberative Poll Solve California’s Girlfriend Problems?, Fox & Hounds
San Mateo Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices
Is there a critical housing shortage in San Mateo County? If so, what should be done about it? A scientific sample of county residents recently participated in a Deliberative Poll® sponsored by Threshold 2008, a coalition of civic groups in the county. The weekend sample of 238 participants considered competing policy options, became more informed about them, questioned competing experts and by the end of the weekend, changed their views. The Deliberative Poll®, conducted as part of a Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices, was hosted by Cañada College on the weekend of March 15-16, 2008.
- Executive Summary: Informed Citizens Want More Housing
Results of the San Mateo Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices
Informed citizens identify need for more housing, majority support higher density, more regional solutions
- Briefing Document: Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices in San Mateo County
- Briefing Document: Countywide Housing Background and Information