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Poll Finds Voters Like Both Drug Initiatives Despite Confusion

Sacramento, CA — A poll shows California voters tend to favor both prescription drug initiatives on the special election ballot but are confused about which groups are supporting them.

The latest Field Poll shows most voters do not understand the differences between propositions 78 and 79. Proposition 78 is supported by the pharmaceutical industry, while Proposition 79 was placed on the ballot by a coalition of labor and consumer groups.

The poll found that 49 percent of likely voters support Proposition 78, with 31 percent opposed and 20 percent undecided. Support declined since June, however, when 57 percent of voters said they favored it.

The initiatives are among 8 measures voters will decide during the November eighth election, which was called by Governor Schwarzenegger.