October 24, 2020

The Niche

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Polls: will California approve Prop 14 to fund CIRM again? Should it?

Back at the beginning of the year I surveyed you readers here on The Niche about the future of CIRM and whether California voters would approve more funding for it in November. That funding effort is now on the ballot as Proposition 14.

The Niche stem cell predictions 2020, CIRM
The Niche stem cell predictions 2020. One was on the question of new funding for the California Stem Cell Agency.

A month earlier late in 2019 in my yearly 20 predictions for the stem cell and regenerative medicine field I had prognosticated that we California voters would narrowly approve more funding for the California Stem Cell Agency. You can see that and the other 19 predictions for 2020 here.

I also have made a graphic of the predictions that I’ve included again in this post. In a few months as always I will grade my predictions. So far my progress report on the predictions is only looking so so.

Getting back to CIRM, respondents to the January 2020 survey were more upbeat than I was, predicting by a large margin that the stem cell agency here in the Golden State would be funded again.

However, as we all know things have radically changed in the last 9 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200,000 people have died overall including thousands here in California. Our state economy is battered as is the national economy.

Now, only weeks away from the election and in the context of these challenges, how do you view the likelihood of CIRM getting more funding via a thumbs up from voters for Proposition 14? Will all the emphasis on health issues make voters even more likely to fund CIRM, perhaps counteracting some of the economic challenges?

Take our first poll below on whether you think CIRM will be funded again and please also do the second poll on whether you think the agency should be funded (setting aside for the moment in this second poll the question of whether you think it will be funded).

To my knowledge, no polling data by proponents of Proposition 14 has been made public.

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