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Water, Marijuana And High Speed Rail Focus Of Poll

Sonora, CA — A new statewide poll looks at some of the hot button issues in the State of California.

The findings were released this morning by the Public Policy Institute of California. It found that 50% of likely voters say they would support the $11.1 billion water bond that has been talked about for several years. Also notable, 59% of likely voters said they would support a scaled down version of a water bond.

Only 45% of likely voters say they approve of the $68 billion high speed rail project. The project’s initial bonds were approved in the 2008 election with 52.7% in favor.

53% of registered voters stated that they would favor legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. The report notes that 60% of Independent voters were in favor, as were 57% of Democrats. Meanwhile, it found that 62% of Republican voters oppose the idea.

52% of voters say they approve of Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, which is down from 58% in January. 49% of California voters say they approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance, and only 9% approve of the job performance of the U.S. Congress.

The PPIC poll was conducted March 11-18 and was funded by the James Irvine Foundation.