By Melanie Mason
July 23, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state’s landmark global warming law.
The survey, by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that 52% of likely voters back Brown in the November election, while 33% support Kashkari.
Both candidates have strong backing from their respective parties — 80% of Democrats support Brown, while 70% of Republicans say they’ll vote for Kashkari. But Brown also has the advantage among independent voters: 52% of independents back the incumbent governor and 28% support Kashkari.
The poll, which focuses on environmental policy, found that 68% of Californians support AB 32, the 2006 climate change law that requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Around three-quarters of Californians support a provision of the law that, starting next year, would apply the cap-and-trade rules to motor vehicle fuels. But that support plummets to 39% if that results in higher gas prices, as some opponents contend it would. A bill currently making its way through the Legislature would postpone including transportation fuels in the cap-and-trade system until 2018.
Similarly, 76% of those polled back a 2011 state law that calls for one-third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2020, but that support drops to 46% if that results in higher electricity costs.
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