Poll: Many Californians support health care reform

About half of California voters say they support the nation's new health care law to some degree, but say it's only a first of many necessary changes.

In more than a thousand telephone surveys of registered voters conducted in April, the Field Poll says 30 percent strongly support the nation's new health care law. Another 22 percent somewhat support it.

Compared to previous national polls, the new law is more popular in California than the rest of the country.

Forty percent say the economy will be weakened by the new law, while 30 percent say it will strengthen it and 22 percent say it will have no effect.

Respondents were evenly split on whether the new law would help control rising costs.

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