Poll: Most Calif. Voters Support Tax Measures To Close State Deficit
A majority of California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) plan to use tax measures to close the state's $15 billion budget shortfall, according to a new poll by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Los Angeles Times and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences polled 1,503 registered voters in early April.
According to the poll, 60% of respondents said they would have supported Brown's initial plan to put a tax extension measure before voters in a June special election (Halper, Los Angeles Times, 4/23).
When asked specifically about the governor's proposal to close the deficit with a mix of tax extensions and spending cuts, 52% of respondents said they supported Brown's plan.
However, 53% of respondents said they would oppose a budget maneuver that pushed the tax measure through the Legislature without a public vote (Siders, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 4/24).
The poll also found that only 33% of voters said they would support a plan to balance the budget by imposing deeper cuts to state services.
Although the Legislature already has approved cuts to welfare grants and health care benefits for low-income children, only 26% of voters said they approved of such spending reductions (Los Angeles Times, 4/23).
The poll also found that:
- 70% of respondents said they would support a cap on pensions for current and future public workers; and
- 68% said they would support a plan to increase the amount that public employees contribute to their pensions (Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times, 4/24).
In addition, researchers found that 70% of respondents said they believe California is headed in the wrong direction, while 19% said they believe the state is headed in the right direction (Halper, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 4/22).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.