Friday, February 24, 2012
A new Field Poll shows voters seem to prefer two measures that would raise taxes on top income earners. The poll shows voters at this stage are cooler toward a measure that would broadly increase taxes to fund schools.
The Field Poll found the most support for a measure backed by the California Federation of Teachers. 63% of voters said they support the initiative to raise income taxes on people who make more than $1 million a year. 58% like the Governor’s measure that would temporarily raise the sales tax and income taxes on people who earn more than $250,000. Field Poll Director Mark Di Camillo noted voters’ preference for raising income taxes rather than the sales tax.
"Twice as many people on the sales tax question said don’t raise it at all as said that about the income tax. So what that says to me is there is greater stomach in the public’s mind for raising the personal income tax at this moment just generically,” said Camillo.
The Field Poll found opposition stronger than support for an initiative that would raise income taxes across- the-board to help fund schools.