More Californians Against Bloated Public Employee Pensions…But Still Not Enough

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About 41 percent of California voters think pension benefits received
by public employees are too generous, with Republicans overwhelmingly
viewing the retirement benefits as over-the-top, but independent and
Democratic voters more supportive of the current system, according to a
Field Poll released today.

The survey also found majority support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to raise the retirement age for new government workers and set limits on public employee benefits.

The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters last month and found that
the number of Californians who view government employee pensions as too
generous has grown over the past two years, from 32 percent in 2009 to
the current 41 percent. However, the poll also found that a majority of
both Democrats and independent voters view the current benefits as about
right or not generous enough – and that 49 percent of all voters feel
that way.

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