Californians Really Like Taxes

A new poll finds that a majority of Californians support a special election to let voters decide whether to extend tax increases to help close California's massive budget deficit.

The Field Poll released Wednesday said most registered voters surveyed also support closing the state's $26.6 billion budget deficit through a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. When it comes to exactly what cuts are acceptable, well that’s where you’re not so clear.

The Field Poll found 58 percent of registered voters said they would vote to maintain the taxes for five additional years as Brown has proposed if such an election were held today; 39 percent opposed the taxes and said they would vote to return them to previous levels.

A slightly higher margin of would-be voters said they prefer the Democratic governor's approach of a ballot measure over letting the Legislature act to solve the budget deficit alone.

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