State Water Bond Favored By Half of Likely Voters
Mar 08, 2012
Central Valley Business Times
March 7, 2012 9:00pm
• Over a third oppose it
• But most say water supply in their area is a problem
An $11.1 billion water bond that is on the November ballot currently has a slim advantage if the election were held now, according to a new statewide survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
Half of likely voters (51 percent) say they would vote yes (35 percent no, 14 percent undecided).
While a large majority of likely voters — 70 percent — say the water supply in their area is a big problem or somewhat of a problem, there is less agreement on the water bond. Thirty-seven percent say it is very important that voters pass the measure, 32 percent say it is somewhat important, and 23 percent say it is not too important or not at all important.
The PPIC Statewide Survey was conducted with funding from The James Irvine Foundation. Findings are based on a telephone survey of 2,001 California adult residents interviewed on landlines and cell phones from Feb. 21-28, 2012. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish according to respondents' preferences.
The sampling error, taking design effects from weighting into consideration, is ±3.4 percent for all adults, ±3.8 percent for the 1,334 registered voters, ±4.2 percent for the 859 likely voters, and ±7.4 percent for the 281 Republican primary likely voters.