New Poll Shows Support Slipping for Prop. 30

Gov. Brown made the media rounds Thursday drumming up support for his tax initiative.

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    A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California finds support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative.

    With less than two weeks before the election, the poll finds that 48 percent of likely voters back the Democratic governor's plan to raise the state sales tax and increase income taxes on the wealthy. Forty-four percent say they would vote no, and 8 percent say they're undecided.

    Gov. Brown in Bay Area Promoting Prop. 30

    [BAY] Gov. Brown in Bay Area Promoting Prop. 30
    The governor spent the morning in the Bay Area drumming up support for his tax initiative. Bob Redell reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012)

    Support is even lower for a competing initiative to raise income taxes on nearly all taxpayers to directly fund California schools.

    The Public Policy Institute says 39 percent of likely voters support Proposition 38, with 53 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided.

    The survey has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It's based on the opinions of 993 likely voters who were interviewed from Oct. 14-21.

    About three-quarters of those surveyed say they oppose the $6 billion in cuts to K-12 schools and colleges that Brown says will take effect if his initiative fails.

    Gov. Brown was in Northern California throughout the day promoting the proposition. You can see his sales pitch for yourself by clicking on the video at the top of this article.