Nearly two thirds of likely voters in California favor a ballot measure that would restrict the “three strikes” sentencing law to felons whose triggering offense is either serious or violent, says a new Field Poll cited by the Sacramento Bee. Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said, “Voters are instinctively in favor of this. We’ve measured it three times, and all have overwhelmingly come out on the ‘yes’ side.”
Opponents still plan a fight. The Californians United for Public Safety independent expenditure committee, which is financing the No on 66 campaign, had raised only $186,000 and had $33,000 on hand as of Sept. 30. Richard Temple, the No on 66 campaign manager, said opponents still hope to raise $1 million “to get a credible message out” on the airwaves. “Proponents have cleverly packaged this to appear to be something positive, but once voters hear about it, they don’t like it,” Temple said.