Poll: Initiative Suspending California Emissions Law Losing Ground

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A new poll shows a ballot initiative that would suspend California’s greenhouse gas emissions law losing support.

A University of Southern California-Los Angeles Times poll released Monday shows 48 percent of likely voters oppose Proposition 23, compared to 32 percent who support it. Nearly one in five voters remains undecided.

Last month, the same poll showed 40 percent of likely voters favored the initiative with 38 percent opposed.

The Nov. 2 ballot initiative would delay greenhouse gas regulations until California’s unemployment rate, now at 12.4 percent, falls to 5.5 percent and stays there for a year. It is being funded by out-of-state oil companies.

The poll surveyed 922 likely voters by telephone from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20 and has a sampling error margin of 3.2 percentage points.

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