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Poll: Majority Support Gov. Brown's Pension Reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Field Poll finds bipartisan support among California voters for Gov. Jerry Brown's pension proposal, with nearly two-thirds saying they support reduced retirement benefits for new and current public workers.

The poll released Wednesday shows about four in 10 registered voters believe public pensions are too generous.

The Democratic governor has called for increasing the retirement age and having local and state workers pay more toward their retirement and health care.

He wants to put new workers in a hybrid plan with a 401(k)-style vehicle.

The poll found about half think he struck the right balance. And 64 percent say the rollbacks should apply to both new and current workers.

Field interviewed 515 registered voters from Nov. 15-27. The poll has a sampling error margin of 4.4 percentage points.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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