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Original Title: Californians Ready to Attack Global Warming, Survey Says

A majority of Californians have become so concerned over the effects of global warming that they want the state to act on its own to investigate the problem, according to the results of a new survey.

The poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday showed 65 percent support for California to take unilateral action against global warning, up from 54 percent last year.

The drive for state action corresponds with a drop in confidence over how federal agencies are handling global warming. Of the 2,501 California adults polled, 54 percent felt the federal approach to global warming was misdirected, while only 29 percent believed in how the federal government was tackling the issue.

"Californians now rank global warming as more important than at any time since we first started asking about it in June of 2000," PPIC survey director Mark Baldassare said. "They are so concerned that two-thirds actually want the state to address this issue completely independent of the federal government."

Baldassare said support for California action against global warming cut across party line, with majority support among Democrats (73 percent), independents (70 percent) and Republicans (62 percent).

The poll results showed Californians aren't interested in waiting to take up the topic. 63 percent believed global warming is already in effect, up from 57 percent in 2005. 79 percent of respondents also registered a desire to take immediate steps to counter global warming.

"The immediacy of the issue, the feeling that it's happening as we speak, has become more powerful," Baldassare said. "This sense of urgency is reflected in the public's attitudes and in some of their policy preferences."

The private, non-profit organization conducted the survey between July 5 and July 18, days before the latest California heat wave that spike temperatures across the state. PPIC said the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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