Poll: Californians alarmed by drought

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Updated: 6/06/2014 4:45 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new poll says 9 out of 10 California voters are alarmed by the drought plaguing the state — but few say they've felt its impact.

The recent USC Dornsife-Los Angeles Times poll says 89 percent of voters surveyed view the drought as a "crisis or major problem." Yet only 16 percent say it's affected them.

To address water supply problems, most favored conservation efforts rather than spending tax dollars.

So far, California's conservation efforts have remained mostly voluntary. Most poll respondents say they've shortened shower times or water their lawns less frequently.

The telephone poll of about 1,500 voters was conducted last month. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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