The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 1, 2012
More voters oppose Proposition 32 than support it, poll says

Another poll shows that Proposition 32 is losing support among voters.

The latest survey by the University of Southern California Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times shows 44 percent opposed the measure which would cut off payroll-deducted money from use in political campaigns. Researchers found 36 supported the measure. The remaining 20 percent of voters surveyed said they were undecided.

The USC/Times research almost exactly mirrors the results of a Field Poll survey that found the No on 32 side leading 44 percent to 38 percent with 18 percent undecided. A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll yielded similar voter reaction.

The only published research to show majority support for the measure has been the bi-weekly online survey conducted Pepperdine University and the California Business Roundtable. (The other three polls were conducted via telephone.) That poll shows just 50.4 percent of respondents supported the measure as of last week, down from 62,7 percent in early August.

Unions poured more than $40 million into defeating the Nov.6 ballot measure, since it would effectively end their means of collecting political campaign contributions from their members. Business interests also would come under the payroll-funds ban, but since they raise funds through other means, the measure wouldn't affect them to the same degree. Still, supporters have put up just over $8 million to date.

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