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New Poll Shows Californians' Opinions On Climate Change, Water


It’s been 10 years since California enacted AB 32, which requires the state to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.

The state is on track to meet its goal. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows, despite a partisan divide, 62 percent of likely voters favor the law.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters also favor a new law that requires greenhouse gases be reduced even more. For Californians who believe gas prices will rise as a result, 63 percent of voters still favor expanding the goals.

The poll also found that water supply and drought remain the top environmental concern for Californians. Regulators have lifted mandatory water reductions, but 63-percent of likely voters say state and local governments aren’t doing enough to respond to drought.

In the presidential race, the PPIC poll found that likely voters favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 46 percent to 30 percent —a larger margin than in the May survey.

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