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Most Californians Would Be Willing To Pay More For Water To Find Drought Solutions

A poll released Tuesday shows how worried Californians have become about the historic drought. The poll of 1,000 likely California voters was conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates.

Posted on February 25, 2014, at 11:44 a.m. ET

California is currently in the midst of a drought of historic proportions.

A sign at an intersection near Cantua Creek, Calif.
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A sign at an intersection near Cantua Creek, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January, and has proposed a $687 million aid plan.

Gov. Brown and President Barack Obama touring farms affected by the drought in Los Banos, Calif.
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Gov. Brown and President Barack Obama touring farms affected by the drought in Los Banos, Calif.

A telephone poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council Feb. 1-9 of 1,000 likely California voters is the first taken about the drought and showed people are worried.

Ranch hand Ricardo Madrigal feeds cattle on the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta, Calif., February 12, 2014. California's ongoing drought has greatly increased feed costs for ranchers, forcing some to sell their cattle. The Van Vleck ranch has been feeding $1,200 worth of hay per day, whereas in a normal year the cows would feed on grass for free.
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Ranch hand Ricardo Madrigal feeds cattle on the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta, Calif., February 12, 2014. California's ongoing drought has greatly increased feed costs for ranchers, forcing some to sell their cattle. The Van Vleck ranch has been feeding $1,200 worth of hay per day, whereas in a normal year the cows would feed on grass for free.

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