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2023 PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Lauren Mora, and Deja Thomas

In November 2023, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), with support from The James Irvine Foundation and the Arjay and Frances F. Miller Foundation, released the PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being. It is PPIC’s fourth annual Statewide Survey focused on the topic of economic inequality and mobility. Key findings from the survey include:  

  • Roughly 25% of Californians believe the lack of well-paying jobs in the region is a big problem, with one in four lower-income residents saying the lack of well-paying jobs in their region makes them consider leaving California.
  • A majority of Californians (55%) say their personal finances are about the same as last year, while one in six say they are better off and three in 10 say they are worse off.
  • Three in 10 Californians – including a majority of residents living on low incomes – cut back on food to save money, and about 17% had difficulty paying for housing.
  • Most working Californians have jobs with opportunities for growth and advancement, while about four in 10 Californians say their job does not offer said opportunities.
  • A majority of Californians (80%) support increased funding for job training programs.


The PPIC Statewide Survey delivers nonpartisan, objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. The survey is conducted regularly throughout the year.