Voters favor public pension reform
December 7, 2011
By a slim majority, California voters tilt in favor of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce public pensions. [Field Poll]
The governor’s 12-point plan introduced last month has gained the favor of 51 percent of those polled, said Mark DiCamillo, who directed the latest survey.
Those same voters also told pollsters that they consider public pensions “too generous’ (46 percent) compared to 35 percent who think those pensions are “just about right.”
DiCamillo said the voters have indicated that Brown’s plan “strikes about the right balance.”
Those proposals contain less generous state and local benefit plans for new employees and raises the retirement age for many individuals.
A large majority, 64 percent, wanted pension rollbacks to affect even current recipients. This was not part of Brown’s plan, however, and such a proposal could encounter stiff legal barriers.