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The Conflicted California Voter?

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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.

Some highlights:

— 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.


Written by Bill Whalen

March 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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