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California voters are leaning toward approving a majority budget and marijuana legalization, but appear poised to vote against shelving the state's landmark greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, according to the results of a Field Poll on statewide propositions released over the weekend.

The poll of 599 likely California voters gave opponents of Proposition 23, the initiative to suspend Assembly Bill 32, an 11-point edge.

Support for Proposition 23 remained at 34 percent, similar to the July levels, while 45 percent said they would vote no on the measure, which would delay implementation of AB32 regulations until the state unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

Proposition 25, the measure to lower the two-thirds legislative vote requirement for approving a budget to a majority vote, posted a double-digits lead for supporters, 46 percent to 30 percent.

But the margin of support for Proposition 25 has dropped 29 points since voters were last asked about the measure in July, when more than 65 percent of respondents backed the measure, and the pool of undecided voters has grown.

With just a week to go until counties begin sending vote-by-mail ballots, roughly two-thirds of voters hadn't heard about Propositions 23 or Proposition 25.

That isn't the case for Proposition 19, the measure to legalize and allow regulation of marijuana for recreational use. The poll found 84 percent of respondents were aware of that initiative.

As Peter Hecht reported in Sunday's Bee, the poll also showed growing support for Proposition 19. According to the survey, 49 percent of likely voters plan to vote yes, while 42 percent said they'd vote no.

Click here for the full results and statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert.

Field also released a poll on Saturday showing close contests in the attorney general and lieutenant governor races. More on those numbers here.

Back under the dome, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the four legislative leaders are expected to meet to iron out the details of the budget agreement "framework" announced last week. If a deal is sealed, votes on the record-late budget could come soon.

Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, has a large workload this week.

The governor acted on 119 bills late last week, but more than 600 of pieces of legislation still remain his desk, awaiting a signature or veto. He has until Thursday to act on the bills.

Today, he will speak about the fourth anniversary of AB32 and the campaign against Proposition 23 at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club at the Santa Clara Convention Center, according to a release from his ballot measure fundraising committee.

BIRTHDAY: Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, turns 53 today.


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