Majorities of Californians want to see regulation of fracking -- the drilling method that breaks crude oil free of rocky deposits -- and legalization of marijuana, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday.

Among the findings in the wide ranging poll were:

Fracking

  • More Californians (53 percent) continue to oppose than favor (32 percent) increased use of fracking

  • Most (80 percent adults, 87 percent likely voters) are in favor of two elements of legislation signed by the governor that require oil companies to obtain permits and to disclose information on chemicals used in oil extraction techniques.

    Marijuana

  • A slim majority of adults (52 percent) say marijuana use should be legalized -- a record high and the first time support has been above 50 percent.

  • A larger majority of likely voters (60 percent) favor legalization. Democrats (64 percent), independents (60 percent), and men (57 percent) are more likely than Republicans (45 percent) and women (47 percent) to favor legalization.

  • Majorities (61 percent adults, 68 percent likely voters) also say the U.S. government should not enforce federal marijuana laws in the states that allow marijuana use.

    Abortion


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  • Large majorities (70 percent adults, 79 percent likely voters) say the government should not interfere with a woman's access to abortion. This view is held by majorities across parties, regions and demographic groups.

  • And 69 percent say the Supreme Court should leave access to abortion the way it is now (49 percent) or make it more accessible (20 percent), compared with 27 percent who would like the court to make it less accessible.

    Same-sex marriage

  • Support for same-sex marriage is also at a record high, with 61 percent of adults and 64 percent of likely voters in favor.

  • Although support continues to be higher among young Californians, a majority of those age 55 and older (55 percent) are also in favor for the first time. Support has increased 15 points among mainline Protestants since May (55 percent to 70 percent).

    Water

  • On water policy, about half (53 percent) say the water supply for their part of the state will be somewhat or very inadequate in 10 years.

  • About half (49 percent) say we should focus on conservation, user allocation, and other strategies to manage water more efficiently, while 45 percent say we need to build new water storage systems.

    Immigration reform

  • Eighty-five percent of Californians support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who fulfill certain requirements, including a waiting period, paying fines and back taxes, passing criminal background checks, and learning English. Majorities across parties, regions and demographic groups favor this idea.

    Syria

  • Seventy percent of Californians say they are opposed to military air strikes, a view held across parties, regions, and age, education, income, and racial/ethnic groups.