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California voters like Gov. Jerry Brown's idea of making high earners pay more taxes, but otherwise are of mixed minds about solving the state's chronic budget woes, according to the Public Policy Institute of California's latest poll on the topic.

Here are a few findings from the poll, released today:

  • Among likely voters, 40 percent think the budget problem should be solved through a mix of cuts and tax increases, while another 41 percent think it should be solved mostly through spending cuts.
  • But about half of likely voters oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's welfare cuts, and 75 percent oppose the school cuts he's threatened if tax increases don't pass.
  • More than 60 percent would pay higher taxes to maintain funding at current levels for K-12 education, while slightly less than half would shell out more for higher education or health and welfare.
  • But nearly two-thirds are opposed to raising the sales tax, while 68 percent favor raising income tax rates on the wealthy. Both provisions are in Brown's plan.
  • Less than half - 48 percent - favor Brown's entire plan, cuts and tax increases included.
  • Two-fifths of college graduates said they knew very little or nothing about the budget. Only 11 percent of all voters could identify both the top spending category (K-12 schools) and top revenue source (income tax).


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