By the People: What’s Next California?
On June 24, 2011, a scientifically selected random sample of 412 registered voters from throughout the state participated in California’s first ever statewide Deliberative Poll on governance reform, in Torrance, CA. The turnout for the “What’s Next California?” Poll was unprecedented in the 17 year history of Deliberative Polling® and the participants came prepared and eager to share their views and engage with fellow Californians in discussions about how our state is governed.
By the People is a special project organized by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions to bring the views of informed, “ordinary” citizens to a national discussion on the important issues of the day.
The Poll focused on four issue areas: The statewide initiative process, legislative representation, local government, and tax and fiscal policy. A total of 30 proposals were considered in these four areas. Over the course of the weekend’s deliberations participants became more informed and in many cases changed their views significantly after deliberation with peers. What do California voters think should be done to fix the state when they focus on the substance of the issues? “What’s Next California?” offers some clear answers.
View the #NextCA Twitter archive and Flickr photostream from the event.
California Voters Ask: What Happened to Our State?, PBS Newshour
Judy Woodruff reports on the California Deliberative Poll®. After listening to Californians talk about how to make their state government work better, her overriding impression was that they want their leaders to work together, to compromise when necessary, and to solve problems.
Table of Contents
PBS Newshour documentary: What’s Next California?ResearchResultsJames Fishkin announces the results and discusses the event at the Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaProceduresNextCA BlogPress
PBS Newshour documentary: What’s Next California?
- Deliberative Agenda Setting: Piloting Reform of Direct Democracy in California Online Appendix
James S. Fishkin, Thad Kousser, Robert C. Luskin, and Alice Siu
- Can Deliberative Minipublics Influence Public Opinion? Theory and Experimental Evidence
Sean Ingham and Ines Levin
- Final Report: What’s Next California? A California Statewide Deliberative Poll for California’s Future
James Fishkin announces the results and discusses the event at the Commonwealth Club of California
- Participant Guide: What’s Next California?
- James Fishkin: “They’re Teaching Themselves About the Issues”
- Deliberative Poll Affirms Californians’ Desire For Change PDF
- In Their Own Words PDF
- Viewpoint: A Graduate Student at the Deliberative Poll PDF
- Poll finds strong desire for accountability and real solutions PDF
- A Moderator’s Perspective from the Deliberative Poll PDF
- Day 3 Overview & Highlights PDF
- Day 2 Overview & Highlights PDF, VIDEO
- A Chance to Speak Out PDF
- Quick Takeaways from the Initiative Process Discussions, PDF
- A Holistic Approach to Budget Cuts PDF
- Day 1: Organizers and Participants Set the Scene PDF, VIDEO
- Interested in What Californians Really Think about Initiative Reform? Remember “What’s Next CA?” , Fox & Hounds, 2/2013 PDF
- Proposition generated by the California state-wide Deliberative Poll is endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News
- What the People Want–When They Think About It, SFGate City Brights Blog, 5/2012 PDF
- Viewpoints: Californians want to change initiative process, The Sacramento Bee, 5/2012
- The Deliberative Initiative: Returning Direct Democracy to the People, SFGate City Brights Blog, 2/2012. PDF
- A California experiment in democracy, San Francsico Chronicle, 1/2012 PDF
- A people’s tool for democratic reform, SFGate – The Opinion Shop, 12/2011 PDF
- California Voters Fed-Up With Gridlock as Budget Crunch Lingers, PBS Newshour, 11/2011
- How to Fix California’s Democracy Crisis, New York Times PDF
- Governor could improve voters’ trust in government, San Francisco Chronicle, PDF
- ‘Deliberative polling’ lets voters think twice, Futurity, PDF
- The End of California Progressivism, Fox & Hounds PDF
- Statewide initiatives may result from Stanford-led ‘deliberative polling’, Stanford Report PDF
- California: A Season of Reform, Advancing a Free Society
- Deliberative Poll Says: Waste Not, Want Not, Fox & Hounds PDF
- Voters unhappy with politicians, but ambivalent on reforms, Sacramento Bee
- Poll: Longer Legislative Terms, Stronger Initiative System, KQED News PDF
- Informed Californians Change Mind On Taxes, KPBS PDF, MP3
- What’s Next California? Deliberative Poll Results Released, The Bill Lane Center for the American West
- The growing use of tech tools in politics, Good Morning Silicon Valley PDF
- Florence ‘Winkie’ Evans: What’s Next, California?, Visalia Times-Delta
- “What’s Next California” a Success, Common Cause Blog
- Special Report: What’s Next, California?, Big Picture Report PDF
- California Voters Ask: What Happened to Our State?, PBS Newshour PDF
- Deliberative Poll Shows Support for Restructuring and Two-Year Budgets, Bay Citizen
- 300 Californians. One Deliberative Poll. One What?, KQED California Report, 6/2011 PDF
- Can California Slow Down and Deliberate?, NBC Bay Area PDF
- A Poll of a Different Sort, Common Cause Blog PDF
- Can Deliberative Polling Work? Debating the Prospects for What’s Next California, New America Foundation
- It’s Up to You: Making Direct Democracy More Deliberative, Zócalo Public Square Nexus PDF
- A group of randomly selected citizens, engaged in a new kind of polling developed at Stanford, gathers this weekend to tackle California’s problems, Stanford Report PDF
- Can Deliberative Poll Solve California’s Girlfriend Problems?, Fox & Hounds
- Californians brainstorm state’s political issues, San Francisco Chronicle PDF