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California voters say the state has done a poor job of making college affordable. They want to avoid a tuition increase even if that means fewer state residents on University of California campuses and more places for out-of-state students, who pay higher fees.

The bipartisan poll for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and
the Los Angeles Times surveyed 1,505 registered California voters by telephone
from Feb. 18-24. It was conducted by American Viewpoint, a Republican firm, and
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic firm. The margin of error is
+/- 2.7 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

4%

66%

53%

16%

31%

30%

Q: Here are two options the UC system might consider as it addresses its
financial circumstances. Please tell me which approach you agree with more.

- One option would be to maximize the number of spots in the UC system for
California students, even if that means higher tuition rates for students.

- Another option would be to avoid tuition hikes for in-state students, even if that
means having fewer slots available for in-state students.

Q: Would you rate California as excellent, good, or poor in this area?

Being able to afford college

Don't know/refused

Poor

Neither/both/don't know

Second option

First option

Excellent

Source: USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll

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