Vot­ers split on cli­mate mea­sure

LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES / USC POLL The ini­tia­tive would de­lay the start of a global warm­ing law un­til job­less rate falls.

Los Angeles Times - - Front Page - Mar­got Roo­sevelt

A poll finds Cal­i­for­ni­ans evenly di­vided on Propo­si­tion 23, which would put the state’s global warm­ing law on hold.

Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers be­lieve global warm­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue and are in­clined to trust sci­en­tific views on the sub­ject, but they re­main closely di­vided on a Novem­ber bal­lot mea­sure that would sus­pend the state’s global warm­ing statute, ac­cord­ing to a new Los An­ge­les Times/USC Col­lege of Letters, Arts and Sci­ences poll.

Cal­i­for­nia’s global warm­ing law, passed in 2006, is aimed at slash­ing green­house gas emis­sions by power plants, fac­to­ries and ve­hi­cles. The bal­lot ini­tia­tive, Propo­si­tion 23, would de­lay im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law un­til Cal­i­for­nia’s un­em­ploy­ment rate drops to 5.5% and stays at that level for a year. Un­em­ploy­ment is now over 12%, and a sus­tained level at or be­low 5.5% has rarely been achieved, so en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates ar­gue that the ini­tia­tive would in ef­fect put the law on in­def­i­nite hold.

More than two-thirds of prob­a­ble vot­ers in the sur­vey said that global warm­ing is a “very im­por­tant” or “some­what im­por­tant” is­sue to them.

And more than four in 10 said they have “com­plete” or “a lot” of trust in what sci­en­tists say on the sub­ject, with more than two in 10 say­ing they have a “mod­er­ate” amount of trust.

On the bal­lot mea­sure it­self, the sur­vey showed that

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