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Poll: Californians Oppose Higher Taxes, Tuition To Pay For Colleges

The poll also found that Californians favor an extension of the tax-hike

A new poll finds that a majority of California adults say the state is not providing enough money for its public colleges and universities, but they also are unsure what to do about it.

The Public Policy Institute of California survey released Monday says 59 percent believe the higher education system is underfunded. Yet majorities also reject the idea of raising taxes or tuition to maintain the current funding for the University of California, California State University and community colleges.

The survey, which touched on a wide array of topics, also found that 59 percent of California adults believe the affordability of a higher education is a "big problem" for students.


In a separate question, voters said they were more amenable to keeping in place the temporary income and sales tax increases they authorized two years ago.

The telephone poll of 1,704 California adults was conducted Nov. 10-17 and had a margin of sampling error of 3.7 percent. The error margin was 4.6 percent for the subgroup of 1,058 likely voters.