The PPIC Statewide Survey provides policymakers, the media, and the public with objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. Inaugurated in April 1998, this is the 124th PPIC Statewide Survey in a series that has generated a database of responses from more than 262,000 Californians. This survey is the 51st in the Californians and Their Government series, which is conducted periodically to examine the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices. The series is supported with funding from The James Irvine Foundation. This survey seeks to inform decisionmakers, raise public awareness, and stimulate policy discussions and debate about important state and national issues. This survey was conducted as the 2012 presidential election season gears up and ballot measures for California’s June primary and November general election take shape. Although there have been some positive signs in the California economy, the state’s multibillion dollar budget gap has not improved. In this fiscal context, the governor’s budget plan and his tax initiative as well as alternative tax proposals that may qualify for the November ballot are being closely watched. Moreover, two high profile infrastructure projects—a multibillion dollar state water bond and a California high-speed rail system—have been under greater public scrutiny in light of state budget constraints and their costs. Among the state’s social concerns, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. Same-sex marriage has also been debated by lawmakers in other states, as well as at the national level, with a federal judge recently striking down a key component of the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act.