Support For California Water Bond Falls, Poll Finds

Judging by a new statewide poll, California lawmakers were smart to pull an $11.1-billion water bond off last fall’s ballot.

The Legislature has twice postponed the bond measure’s day at the polls, worried that it would go down to defeat at a time of high unemployment and budget woes. Though the economy and budget problems have eased a bit, support for the bond has continued to decline.

A poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 42% of likely voters favored the funding measure, compared with 51% of likely voters a year ago who said they would vote for it.

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