Support for two health-related ballot initiatives has dramatically eroded since the beginning of the summer, when large majorities of likely voters were inclined to vote yes on Propositions 45 and 46.
In a new Field Poll, 41 percent of respondents expressed support for Proposition 45, which would give the state insurance commissioner greater regulatory authority over health insurance rates, compared to 26 percent who opposed it. That’s a huge drop from the last poll conducted in late June and early July, when the measure had overwhelming support of 69 percent.
Proposition 46, which would raise the cap on damages in medical malpractices lawsuits and require drug testing for doctors, took an even more significant hit. More voters now oppose than support it, 37 percent to 34 percent, a major turnaround from the previous poll, when 58 percent of voters were inclined to vote yes.