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Latest Statewide Voter Survey Shows Proposition 227 Ahead 76% to 20%

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APRIL 16, 1998.

According to the largest statewide voter survey conducted thus far on Proposition 227-the "English for the Children" initiative to dismantle California's system of bilingual education---the measure enjoys a huge lead of 76% to 20%. The survey also showed that Proposition 227 leads among Latinos by 57% to 40%.

Commissioned by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), and directed by pollster and political analyst Mark Baldassare, the survey included over 2000 California adult residents, of whom 993 were likely voters, conducted during April 1-8. The questions, provided in both English and Spanish, covered the races for Governor, U.S. Senate, and several ballot measures.

Two days after the completion of the telephone survey, but before the results were made available, Mayor Richard Riordan of Los Angeles, one of California's most popular political leaders, announced his strong support for Proposition 227.

Over the past several months, a number of other, smaller public surveys have consistently shown Proposition 227 enjoying huge leads ranging from 63% to 70% among likely voters in the June 2nd referendum.