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California in the New MillenniumThe Changing Social and Political Landscape$
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Mark Baldassare

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225121

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225121.001.0001

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A Climate of Political Distrust

A Climate of Political Distrust

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(p.26) Chapter 2 A Climate of Political Distrust
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California in the New Millennium
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Mark Baldassare

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225121.003.0002

The problems that California faces require not only building census about how to respond, but also the empowerment of the state's political institutions and government representatives to carry the whole situation. This chapter explores the dimensions of political disengagement and distrust. Topics include the following: (1) voter turnout; (2) interest in politics; (3) political information seeking; (4) attitudes toward the federal and state government; (5) attitudes toward governmental intervention in people's lives; and (6) how disengagement and distrust affected 1998 voting decisions. California is also compared with the United States in an effort to determine if the state is unique or representative of national trends.

Keywords:   California, disengagement, distrust, politics, voter turnout

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