When asked about the recent deal between Brown and legislative leaders, 52 percent of adults and likely voters gave their approval. The recently signed plan will spend $315 million more on prisons while asking for a three-year extension on lowering inmate numbers. Federal judges just granted the state a brief extension.
But when reflecting on the strategy of shifting lower-level inmates from state prisons to county jails, 57 percent of adults and 61 percent of likely voters said they were "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that local governments have the capacity to absorb new inmates under what's known as "realignment." In addition, more than three-quarters of the respondents -- 78 percent of adults and 77 percent of likely voters -- were either "very" or "somewhat" concerned about early prisoner releases.
The poll also gauged residents' opinions on many other issues ranging from violence to health care to marijuana.