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Gov. Brown's Prop. 30 losing support, poll shows [Google+ Hangout]

October 25, 2012 |  9:48 am

Times reporter Chris Megerian will join city editor Shelby Grad at 10:30 a.m. for a Google+ Hangout on plunging support for Proposition 30, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed measure would temporarily raise taxes on individuals earning more than $250,000 a year and impose a quarter-cent hike in the state sales tax. Brown has warned that billions of dollars will be cut from public schools and universities if Proposition 30 fails.

From an analysis by Megerian and the Times' Anthony York:

Support has plunged for Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise billions of dollars in taxes, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows, with less than half of voters planning to cast ballots in favor of the measure.

Only 46% of registered voters now support Brown's initiative, a 9-point drop over the last month, and 42% oppose it. The findings follow a lackluster month of campaigning by the governor, who had spent little time on the stump and found himself fighting off attacks from backers of a separate ballot measure that would raise taxes for schools.

Although Brown recently launched a frantic push for votes, both proposals could fail. Tax measures rarely gain support in the closing days of a campaign.

Proposition 38, which would increase income taxes for most Californians to raise funds primarily for schools and early childhood education, sank 6 points in the poll and continues to lag behind Brown's. Just 28% of voters support Proposition 38, down from 34% in September.

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