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Field Poll shows mixed views about California public pensions

July 10, 2012 |  9:34 am

A public employee group says it is encouraged by a new Field Poll that indicates California voters have mixed views on whether government pensions are too generous.

While 37% of voters thing benefits for local and state government workers are excessive, 36% say they are about right. Some 17% think the benefits are not generous enough.

The poll found that 67% of voters support establishing an upper limit or salary cap when calculating pension benefits.

But a plurality of 50% of voters oppose linking deficit reduction efforts to taking away collective bargaining rights for public workers, the Field Poll found.

Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, said the poll indicates to him that there is strong support for common-sense improvements to end abuses "but not for a dramatic overhaul that will undermine collective bargaining."


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