Deciding California's Future
In February 2023, the Deliberative Democracy Lab, together with the California 100 Initiative and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, convened a scientific sample of roughly 500 Californians to represent the entire state in a Deliberative Poll. Participants discussed proposals to address some of the most serious challenges facing California over the next several decades. Topics included housing, energy, agriculture, water, education, health care, social services, criminal justice, and immigration, among others.
In advance of the Deliberative Poll, participants received a set of briefing materials providing extensive background on the topics for discussion, including proposals for addressing current and future challenges facing California.