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Poll: Majority opposes repealing gas tax increases in California

A Chevron gas station in Sacramento shows prices in February. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
A Chevron gas station in Sacramento shows prices in February. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The first poll on a proposed ballot measure indicates 53.9% of California residents oppose repealing a new gas tax and vehicle fee hike.

The poll of 1,000 people via phone interviews and email polling indicates the gas tax has a good chance of surviving any challenge, said Pollster Adam Probolsky, the president of Probolsky Research in Newport Beach. The increases raise $5.2 billion annually for transportation and mass transit improvements.

“The gas tax repeal is unlikely to be successful,” he said. Probolsky said 52% of Republicans would vote to repeal the tax, but their numbers in the state are not large enough to overcome strong opposition to repeal from Democrats.

Probolsky Research does opinion research for clients such as state and local government agencies, corporations and political strategists. Probolsky said the gas-tax poll was not paid for by any client.

The poll used language approved last month by a Superior Court judge for the title of an initiative proposed for the November 2018 ballot by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), a candidate for governor in next year’s election.

Allen noted that the polling firm’s website says it specializes in opinion research on behalf of corporate and government clients. “It’s not surprising that the poll results match the desires of these clients, who will profit from a $52.4 Billion payday at taxpayers’ expense,” Allen said. “This poll is also in direct contrast to the independent Berkeley IGS poll which showed that 58% of Californians oppose the gas tax.”

Updated at 10:16 am to include comments from Assemblyman Allen.

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