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Poll: Voters Support Changing California’s Constitution

Most Californians support reforming the state’s constitution, but they aren’t crazy about the proposals that are being floated to do so. That’s the word from a new Field Poll released today.

The statewide survey found 51 percent of Californians believe fundamental change needs to be made to the state constitution. But many of the reform proposals being discussed aren’t going over so well.

According to the Field Poll, most Californians don’t like the idea of lowering the current two-thirds vote requirement to a simple majority to pass a state budget. They also don’t like the idea of allowing the legislature to increases taxes with a majority vote, or the idea of allowing commercial property to be taxed at a higher rate than residential property.

The survey found voters prefer a constitutional convention over a revision commission to develop reforms. And more than 60 percent of those asked said they’d be either very likely or somewhat likely to serve as a convention delegate. The survey of about 1,000 Californians was completed early this month.

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PaulCurrier | October 16, 2009 at 6:13 p.m. ― 7 years, 5 months ago

I wrote two Constitutional Initiatives that are now certified for signature gathering. The first initiative empowers us as voters, to be able to call a Constitutional Convention by Initiative, and set the methods and process as well as scope of the Convention, and specify the democratic election of delegates. The second calls the Convention to Draft our New California Constitution. Our organizing work is viewable to all at

I realize a Constitutional Convention is about as sexy as a really bad car accident, but so is the status of our structural deformation of our State of California. We ask others to join in with us so we can Organize California. The hard lifting is ahead. Does California matter to you, or would you rather watch TV?

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