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California Voters Want To Reduce Pensions For Public Employees

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California Public Employees Retirement System Board President Rob Feckner and Vice President George Diehr confer during a meeting of the CalPers Benefits and Program Administration Committee in Sacramento on Tuesday March 15, 2011, two days before the Field Poll was released. | AP Photo

Californians support a variety of cutbacks to public employee pensions, including a cap on pension benefits and demanding workers pay more for their own retirement. But state voters are opposed to stripping state workers of their collective bargaining rights, a new Field Poll has found.

The poll, released Thursday morning, comes as Republican lawmakers are trying to extract pension concessions from Gov. Jerry Brown as part of state budget negotiations.

"Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the way California voters view the pension benefits received by public workers," states a memo from pollster Mark DiCamillo.

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