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Oct 25, 2012 6:34 AM by Associated Press

CA voters wary of November tax initiatives but also oppose K-12 funding cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California finds support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative.

With less than two weeks before the election, the poll finds that 48 percent of likely voters back the Democratic governor's plan to raise the state sales tax and increase income taxes on the wealthy. Forty-four percent say they would vote no, and 8 percent say they're undecided.

Support is even lower for a competing initiative to raise income taxes on nearly all taxpayers to directly fund California schools. The Public Policy Institute says 39 percent of likely voters support Proposition 38, with 53 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided.

The survey has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It's based on the opinions of 993 likely voters who were interviewed from Oct. 14-21.

About three-quarters of those surveyed say they oppose the $6 billion in cuts to K-12 schools and colleges that Brown says will take effect if his initiative fails.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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