Brown down, tax plan up
May 24, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown’s popularity is slipping, but support for his tax initiative proposal is gaining traction . [Sacramento Bee]
Poll results from the Public Policy Institute of California show that for the first time since taking office, Brown’s approval rating is down — 43 percent of those questioned disapprove of the way he’s doing his job, and 42 percent approve. That’s down five percentage points from just last month.
The dip appears to be tied to the governor’s announcement last week that the budget deficit in this state has risen to $15.7 billion.
Voters likely to go to the polls in November continue to appear supportive of Brown’s tax-hike plan, however, by a large margin — 56 percent to 38 percent. If passed, the initiative would raise state sales taxes and income taxes on the state’s highest earners.
“There are things that, as governor, you don’t have any control over, and in particular the economy seems to have either stalled or worse over the last few months,” poll director Mark Baldassare said. “People are getting worried again.”