SACRAMENTO (AP) — A new poll shows Californians are divided over an initiative to suspend the state’s landmark global warming law, although most consider global warming an important issue.

A Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll released Friday shows 40 percent of likely voters favor Proposition 23, compared to 38 percent who oppose it. That’s within the poll’s sampling error margin of 3.3 percentage points.

The measure on the November ballot would delay climate regulations until California’s unemployment rate, now at 12.4 percent, falls to 5.5 percent and stays there for a year.

One in five likely voters said they have not yet taken a position on the initiative.

The poll surveyed 1,511 registered voters by telephone from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22.

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