The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released their recent survey which queried adults and eligible voters on their willingness to support two initiatives on the November, 2016 ballot. Both the K-14 facilities bond and the extension of the Prop 30 temporary taxes polled better than the previous initiatives on the same topics. And both initiatives polled well when tested on the same ballot.
The survey tested other subjects as well, including knowledge of the LCFF, job approval of the Governor, performance of K-12 education, and impression of Common Core. The results of the survey are below, but some key findings of the survey are:
- Although state spending on schools has increased, 61 percent of adults and 60 percent of likely otters say the current level of funding is not enough
- 64 percent of adults and 62 percent of likely voters favor extending Prop 30 tax increases for 12 years for those making over $250,000 a year to fund education and health care
- 76 percent of adults and 63 percent of likely voters would vote yes for a state school facilities bond
- For parcel taxes, less than the two-thirds (62 percent) of likely voters (needs two-thirds vote) would support, and only 52% or likely voters would support lowering the two thirds majority threshold
- 76 percent of adults say state government should fund voluntary preschool programs in CA, and 63 percent of adults would support using the surplus for preschool, while only 34 percent would prefer to pay down the state debt and build up a reserve
Susan Stuart,Partner Capitol Advisors Group, LLC.