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Public Opinion Polling

The Bill Lane Center for the American West, in collaboration with partners including the Hoover Institution, regularly conducts surveys of the general public in California and the West. While our public opinion polls cover a wide range of topics, many of them focus on Western governance and policy issues, as well as environmental and climate issues. Recent polls have covered the following topics:


The above links provide further details about individual polls conducted by the Center.  

Affiliated Researchers

Center Researchers
Bruce Cain
Iris Hui
Preeti Hehmeyer
Other Researchers
David Brady
Bill Whalen
Douglas Rivers



 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project

This project looks at public opinion toward the implementation of two different types of wind turbines in the U.S. and China. Vertical and horizontal wind turbines have different advantages and disadvantages. The comparison of these different technologies tests the sensitivity of public receptiveness to particular design features.




 Wildfire Policies Poll, 2019

In an effort to understand what the public supports with respect to wildfire policy, in 2019 the Bill Lane Center for the American West conducted an American Western regional poll that included 3,000 respondents and asked many questions about wildfire policy.




General Election Poll, 2018

This poll sought the opinions of adult Californians in advance of the general election on November 6, 2018. The survey reached 2,178 respondents and explored attitudes toward the upcoming midterm election, the national and state-level political atmosphere, preferences for general election candidates, and their feelings about the contentious confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.



 California Primary Poll, 2018

This poll sought the opinions of adult Californians in advance of the statewide primary on June 5, 2018. The survey reached 1,113 respondents and explored attitudes toward the state of the nation and economy, preferences for candidates for statewide office, and experiences of gender discrimination or harassment at the workplace and in other walks of life.