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March 20, 2013
Californians remain sharply divided about California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, even as officials prepare to start construction in the Central Valley this year, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released tonight.
Forty-eight percent of adults favor the project, while 50 percent oppose it, according to the poll. Opposition is even greater among likely voters, 54 percent to 43 percent.
In addition to division over high-speed rail, a majority of likely voters — 51 percent — oppose an $11.1 billion water bond scheduled for the November 2014 ballot. The bond, tied politically to Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to build two water-diverting tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, includes funding for dams, wastewater treatment and other water infrastructure projects.
The Legislature has withdrawn the bond from two previous elections, and Brown has urged lawmakers to reduce its cost.
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