Poll: Majority Of California Voters Support Brown Tax Plan

SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — A poll shows a majority of likely voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to stave off education cuts.

The recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California said 60 percent of likely voters support Brown’s plan. The governor wants to put the issue to voters on the November 2012 ballot.

The poll also finds that Californians continue to give elected officials low approval ratings. That could make it hard for Brown to rally voters to support his plan.

The poll also gauged people’s opinion of the Occupy protesters. It found that 46 percent of Californians support the movement, compared with 37 percent who oppose it.

The poll shows that 42 percent of those surveyed oppose the tea party, versus 35 percent who support it.

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