Poll Says Likely Voters Narrowly Support Tax Measures, Despite Belief That Government Wastes Existing Taxes
A poll released October 27 by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two major tax initiatives on the November ballot likely would narrowly pass if the election were held today, but much could change in the days leading up to the election.
Despite California voters initial support for higher taxes (most of which likely would not be paid by those who were polled), the poll illustrated that the respondents have little confidence that government will utilize tax dollars effectively. Asked if they think people in the federal government waste a lot of the money we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don’t waste very much of it, 62 percent said “a lot,” and another 29 percent said “some.” Only 7 percent of likely voters said federal government employees “don’t waste very much.”
The poll’s findings on statewide measures:
- Proposition 55 Has 59 Percent Support – The PPIC said 59 percent of likely voters said they would support Proposition 55 to increase personal income taxes on high-income earners. Support for the initiative came from all regions of California except the Inland Empire.
- Proposition 56 Supported by 56 Percent – 56 percent of likely voters said they supported the initiative to increase taxes on cigarettes (by $2 per pack of 20) and other tobacco and vaping products. Support came largely from the San Francisco Bay Area (60 percent) and Los Angeles (67 percent).
- Proposition 64 Has 55 Percent Support – On the issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, 55 percent of likely voters said they support legalizing and taxing the drug. Strong support came from voters in the San Francisco Bay Area (66 percent).
November 2, 2016
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