Capitol Alert

Poll: California voters favor tax hikes on tobacco, top earners

Gov. Jerry Brown thanks supporters while campaigning for Proposition 30 in 2012. Proposition 55 on the November ballot would extend higher income tax rates on wealthy filers. Brown has not taken a position on the measure.
Gov. Jerry Brown thanks supporters while campaigning for Proposition 30 in 2012. Proposition 55 on the November ballot would extend higher income tax rates on wealthy filers. Brown has not taken a position on the measure. AP

Voters strongly favor ballot measures to increase tobacco taxes and extend a temporary income tax on the wealthy, according to a new poll.

The poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley surveyed 3,020 registered California voters through online questionnaires between June 29 and July 18.

Approximately 74.3 percent of California voters support Proposition 56, which raises taxes by $2 per pack of 20 cigarettes with equivalent raises on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes. The measure received bipartisan support, appealing to 80.5 percent of Democrats and 64.6 percent of Republicans.

Proposition 55, a measure that extends higher income taxes on individual filers earning more than $250,000, was favored by 65.3 percent of voters. More than 70 percent of black, Latino and voters between the ages of 18 and 24, believe the tax should be extended on top earners. Democrats favored the measure (78 percent) more than Republicans (46.2 percent).

  Comments