Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek, Nicole Willcoxon

  • Three of every four Californians view the amount of money being spent on the public employee pension systems as a problem.
  • The percentage calling it a big problem has grown ten points since January 2005.
  • Republicans (54%) are much more likely than independents (42%) and Democrats (35%) to consider this a big problem.
  • About four in ten across income groups hold this view, while this perception increases with older age.
  • Two in three Californians (67%) would favor changing the pension system for new public employees from defined benefits to a defined contribution system similar to a 401(k) plan. Support increases with rising income.
  • Of those who call the current pension system a big problem, 79 percent favor this change signaling a strong correlation between believing its and big problem and wanting to change the current system.

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