State voters still like tax plan
June 11, 2012
Potential voting support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase initiative plan remains fairly strong, according to the results of the latest Field Poll.
The measure would increase for seven years state personal income taxes on persons earning more than $250,000, and will hike the state sales tax for everyone by one-quarter cent for the next four years.
Poll results show that 52 percent of registered voters, mostly Democrats, back the plan, with 35 percent opposing. Support appears to be divided sharply along party lines. The voter preference totals are reversed among higher-income voters, those who would be most affected by the successful passage of the initiative.
Revenues from such an initiative would be used for K-12 education and early childhood development programs, as well as supplemental funding for paying off state debt during the first four years.