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Poll Looks At Presidential Race And Hot-Button California Issues

Sonora, CA — As the Presidential race continues to roll along, California’s June Primary may play a pivotal role later this year.

A new Public Policy Institute of California Poll finds that Hillary Clinton has the support of 48% of California Democrats and Bernie Sanders is at 41%. The polling was conducted March 6-15. On the Republican side, Donald Trump holds a double-digit lead over his nearest rival with support of 38% of likely Republican primary voters. Ted Cruz registers second with 27% and John Kasich and Marco Rubio both register 12%.

The poll shows Clinton is favored (63%) over Sanders among Democrats over the age of 45. Meanwhile, younger Democrats (63%) like Sanders. Clinton leads among Democrats that identify themselves as “middle of the road,” Latino, and female voters. Sanders has more support among men, and those identifying themselves as “very liberal.”

Meanwhile, the poll finds that Trump leads the Republican candidates among all age, education, gender and income groups.

Taking a look at the California US Senate race, where it is an open primary, 26% support Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris, 17% are for Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, 9% for former Republican state Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and 6% for former GOP state Chairman Duf Sundheim.

Among likely voters, regardless of party, 53% approve of President Obama’s job performance, but only 14% of approve of Congress.

On other issues, 68% of likely voters say spending more money on road and bridge maintenance is important to California’s future vitality, only 45% approve of the Governor’s proposed Twin Tunnel water project and 44% say the state should continue to build high speed rail.