SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A majority of California voters say improving the state’s water systems and creating a high-speed rail network are important, but they want to see smaller price tags attached to those projects.

Photo: California High-Speed Rail Authority
Photo: California High-Speed Rail Authority

That’s according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. The survey found that 51 percent of likely voters would vote against the $11.1 billion water bond that is scheduled for a vote next year.

Asked how they would feel about a less costly proposal, support for the water bond increased to 55 percent. Likely voters expressed a similar view toward the state’s $68 billion high-speed rail project.

Mark Baldassare, chief executive of the institute and the poll’s director, said caution about increased state spending is a result of the recession’s effects on California.

The poll also found a majority of Californians have negative impressions of the Republican Party. Nearly six in 10 Californians said the Democratic Party is more concerned about their needs, while one-quarter chose the Republican Party.


Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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