The Conflicted California Voter?
An oft-used cliché in California political circles is “the conflicted voter” — that is, the “prototypical” Californian who wants lower taxes, more government services, tougher crime laws, and a kinder-gentler society.
Kinda like the dieter who wants to lose weight, but eat whatever he craves.
The California Field Poll is out with a new profile of the state’s electorate — specifically, its attitude toward a budget fix. Turns out Californians aren’t so conflicted when it comes to taxes and spending.
Here’s the full report in pdf form.
— Californians favor spending cuts over tax increases as the primary means of dealing with the state’s $20 billion budget deficit.
50% say it should be done entirely or mostly through spending cuts. Just 13% want to go with higher taxer. 29% want a hybrid solution of taxes and spending cuts.
— Californians don’t want to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets. However, it’s a 47%-43% split in favor of the status quo.
— But they do favor (51%-37%) making it tougher for voters to amend the state constitution — from a simple majority vote to a two-third requirement.
— Hard time make for hard feelings. 63% of voter don’t feel the state government responds to their needs. Yet — and here’s the disconnect — 75% think the state can deal with its major problems without making fundamental change to the constitution. In other words, all it takes is for lawmakers to get along better.