Good news! Californians recognize the state has a housing problem!

The cliche is that the first step in solving a problem is recognizing that the problem exists, and owning it.

So this from a new Quinnipiac poll is a step toward solving the problem of affordable housing in California:

California has a housing crisis, 78 percent of Golden State voters, both renters and homeowners, say in a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Every listed party, gender, racial, regional and age group, including 75 percent of homeowners and 84 percent of those who rent their home, agree there is a housing crisis, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

California voters support 74 – 20 percent, including 52 – 37 percent among Republicans, building more housing for low-income people in the state.

And voters support 71 – 23 percent, including a divided 49 – 42 percent among Republicans, building more housing for low income people in their community.

Homelessness is a “very serious” problem in California, 82 percent of voters say, as 15 percent say it’s a “somewhat serious” problem.

Golly, even a majority of Republicans support building more housing for low-income people.

How? No good solutions on offer in the poll.

Other concerns brought out by the poll:

  • 72 percent worry about a major earthquake but only 52 percent admit to being adequately prepared.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom’s job approval rating is 39 thumbs up 38 thumbs down. Amusingly, that’s lower than Gallup’s published approval rating for President Trump (42.7%).
  • With Los Alamitos Race Course as a neighbor and recent headlines about equine deaths, it may be interesting to know that most people (57 percent) have no opinion on whether horse racing should be banned.