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PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change

Jul 31, 2013

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Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession.  Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on that and other findings from the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.

Nearly two-thirds of Californians say the state should act right away to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rather than wait until the economy improves.  Just 30 percent prefer the opposite.  The PPIC’s Mark Baldasarre says that’s a 10-point swing from last year’s survey and significantly higher than during the recession.

“There’s a sense of urgency among Californians, and a growing belief this year that we should be doing things now – rather than waiting to the future to take action," says Baldasarre.

Eleven percent of Californians don’t believe global warming will happen at all.

On the controversial subject of the oil and gas extraction technique known as “hydraulic fracturing,” 35 percent of Californians support the increased use of “fracking,” with 51 percent opposed.

The PPIC survey also looked at voters’ opinions of Governor Jerry Brown.  The governor has a 54-percent approval rating among likely voters.