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Voters Send Mixed Message in Budget Poll

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 28, 2011

There's something for everyone in the newly-released Public Policy Institute of California poll: About six in 10 Californians think the governor's special election proposal is a good idea.  But roughly the same percentage oppose raising the state income and sales taxes - and that's what Brown wants to do.  Instead, nearly seven in 10 prefer raising taxes on the wealthy alone.

Baldassare: "The voters are very conflicted."

The PPIC's Mark Baldassare conducted the survey.

Baldassare: "It would not be easy for the governor and legislature to go to the voters and ask them to raise taxes or to maintain taxes.  But they'd be more inclined to do so for schools than anything else."

The poll also puts Brown's approval rating at 40 percent, up from the mid-30s in March.  Around 30 percent disapprove.  The legislature's approval rating stands at just over 20 percent.

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