Do you believe this poll – California wants more taxes?

Russ Steele

The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert has the story: Majority supports Jerry Brown’s tax plan, poll finds

 A new poll shows 60 percent of California voters, weary of state spending cuts and unsettled by the prospect of more, are ready to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to raise taxes.

The Public Policy Institute of California poll, released Monday, is the first public measure of voter opinion about Brown’s tax initiative since he announced it this month.

Brown plans to ask voters in November 2012 to temporarily increase the state sales tax and to impose higher income taxes on California’s highest-earners, raising $7 billion annually for five years.

PPIC is a bit on the liberal side and they have slanted their question to get the desired results in the past. They may have done the same again.

The questions are:

  • Do you agree with Governor Brown’s new taxes?
  • Do you think once the taxes are approved, will they ever expire.

About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Do you believe this poll – California wants more taxes?

  1. Dena Wiltsie says:

    I do believe the poll. My proof is if you own a home, look at your tax bill for the house. On my bill the taxes comes out to about $1800 a year and they have added over $400 in bond issues that the people voted for. Maybe if more people in the state owed their home instead of rented . . . wait, that’s what got us into this mess in the first place.

  2. Bob W says:

    “60 percent of California voters, weary of state spending cuts”

    I can’t stop laughing.

  3. Michael R. Kesti says:

    If this poll proportionally represents all Californians’ socio-economic levels then it’s not at all difficult to believe as it simply represents the majority who benefit who receive “entitlements” and are concerned that those “entitlements” may be reduced.

  4. gjrebane says:

    The Peter/Paul Principle is in full bloom in California – stand by for ram.

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