Proposition 31 is a pretty complicated measure, and neither the Yes nor No campaigns have run any TV ads so far. That could be why a full 40 percent of voters told the Field Poll they haven't made up their minds yet. Among many things, Prop 31 would create a two-year budget cycle; require pay-as-you-go budgeting; and require bills to be public for three days before the legislature can vote. Of folks who have made up their minds, about 20 percent say they support the constitutional amendment; 40 percent oppose it.
The Field Poll also looked at Prop 34, which would end the death penalty in California and make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment instead. That measure has the backing of 42 percent of likely voters, with 45 percent against it.