CALIFORNIA MAYORS DIVIDES ON TOP PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
In early May, California City News partnered with Prime Group to field a first-of-its-kind survey of California mayors and city council members on key issues facing the state and nation. Overall, the state's local elected officials tend to be as polarized as the voters they represent, and the 118 respondents broke largely along party lines when asked about critical policy decisions.
US/State - 31% of respondents believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 58% believe it is on the wrong track. President Trump received a 37% approval rating, 7 points lower than recent national estimates. 46% of respondents believe the state is headed in the right direction, compared to 49% who believe it is moving in the wrong direction. At the same time, Governor Brown received a 50% approval rating.
Sanctuary Cities - Local elected officials are evenly split on the issue of sanctuary cities – 49% agreeing with President Trump and 51% in supporting sanctuary cities - along party lines. Nonpartisan respondents were less monolithic, but 68% oppose sanctuary policies.
The Wall - A majority of mayors and council members oppose the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, with 52% strongly opposing the project, and just one-third expressing favor toward the proposal.