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Poll: Most Californians Support Water Restrictions

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Michael Korte walks on his home brown lawn in Glendora, Calif., Thursday, July 17, 2014.

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A new Field Poll shows almost two-thirds of Californians surveyed support Governor Jerry Brown's urban water reduction plan. The poll says nearly 89 percent of people surveyed believe the current water shortage in California is serious.

The Field Poll says nearly 89 percent of people surveyed believe the current water shortage in California is serious, with 66 percent saying the drought is ‘extremely serious.’

But 44 percent of homeowners said it would be difficult for them to cut household water use.

About 70 percent said it would be a serious problem for them if their local water district raised household water bills by 15 or 25 percent.

But the poll shows upper-income homeowners were less sensitive to the same size rate increases.

The Field Poll says the current findings represent a "higher level of concern" compared to a similar poll last year. The findings come from a telephone survey between late-April and mid-May.

Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio