Sixty-eight percent of California voters surveyed earlier this month supported increasing public employees’ pension contributions.
The survey by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times also showed 70% support capping pension benefits of current and future public employees to balance the state’s budget; 22% opposed both the caps and the increase in employee contributions.
Respondents were split on whether to cut pension and retirement benefits for future and current public workers, with 50% supporting the step and 41% opposing it.
More than half, 52%, backed raising the age when public employees can retire and begin collecting pension benefits, while 38% opposed that idea.
“The support for everything we tested suggests that pensions and public-employee benefits are going to be an important part of the state’s political dialogue for years to come,” Dan Schnur, the poll director, said in a statement.
The survey of 1,503 registered California voters was conducted April 7-17 and has a margin for error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The pension questions were posed to about half of the respondents.