Second poll finds Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan losing support


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A second poll has some bad news for Gov. Jerry Brown and his tax-hike plan.

The Public Policy Institute of California, in a poll released Wednesday night, said support for the ballot measure among likely voters has fallen four points to 48%. Meanwhile, opposition has increased four points to 44%.

The numbers echo results from a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, released Thursday morning, showing that 46% of registered voters support the tax hikes, down nine points.


Brown’s plan, Proposition 30, would temporarily increase the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and increase income taxes on the wealthy by one to three percentage points. The governor says the taxes are necessary to avoid billions of dollars in cuts to school budgets.

Mark Baldassare, the institute’s president, said Brown has faced an intensifying opposition campaign in the last month.

‘It doesn’t take much for people to lose interest in initiatives,’ he said. ‘ ‘No’ is the default response.’

The poll of likely voters and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. It was conducted Oct. 14-21. Since then, Brown has been crisscrossing the state to rally support for the measure. The governor was in Inglewood, San Diego, Bakersfield and Fresno on Tuesday.


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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento