Gov. Jerry Brown's new tax plan has strong support in poll
Nearly two-thirds of California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's latest proposal for a November ballot measure that would raise taxes to help balance the budget, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
Sixty-four percent of respondents said they favored the measure, tweaked by the governor earlier this month to appease liberal critics who were pushing an even more popular income tax hike on millionaires.
The full report ran in the The Times this morning.
Brown's revised measure would raise sales taxes by a quarter-cent and hit people earning more than $250,000 a year with a series of higher income tax rates.
The sales tax hike would run four years, the income tax increases seven. The governor lowered the sales tax hike and stiffened the taxes on high-earners as part of his deal.
The poll also tested Brown's initial proposal and found almost identical support, but respondents were even more strongly in favor of the so-called millionaires' tax. Brown had worried that backing for that measure could swamp his own.
The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll of 1,500 registered California voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a Democratic firm, in conjunction with American Viewpoint, a Republican firm. It was taken on March 14-19 and had a sampling error of 2.9 percentage points.
Here's a video of Los Angeles Times staff writer Anthony York and Dan Schnur, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, discussing the poll.
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters at an environmental conference near Santa Barbara last week. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press