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Field Poll: Broad Support, Little Awareness of California Water Bond

Field Poll: Broad Support, Little Awareness of California Water Bond

A new Field Poll released Wednesday shows broad support for Proposition 1, California’s $7.5 billion water bond measure on the ballot this November, but just one in three of the state’s likely voters had heard of the proposed measure.

California’s controversial Proposition 1 seeks $7.5 billion of funding to beef up water infrastructure and delivery systems statewide. The measure has been criticized as doing little to address California’s immediate water needs amid one of the worst droughts the region has ever seen.

Among California’s likely voters, 52% said they would be inclined to vote “Yes” on the measure, while just 27% would vote “No,” according to the data. A “relatively large” 21% are undecided on the measure.

According to the survey results, just 36%, or about one in three likely voters, had prior awareness of Proposition 1, while 64% did not. Support for Proposition 1 is greater among voters who had some knowledge of the measure, with 57% indicating they would vote “Yes” and just 25% saying they would vote “No.”

Support for the bond is also highly split along political and ideological lines. Democrats favor the bond by a 66%-13% margin, while Republicans overwhelmingly oppose the measure in a 49%-35% split.

The poll was conducted between August 14-28 by asking 467 Californians considered likely to vote in November’s midterm elections. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points.

Read the full results of the Field Poll here

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