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Jan 24, 2012 11:28 PM by Associated Press (JR)

Poll: Sales tax hike will be challenge for Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes has wide support among California voters, but his path to victory in November remains far from certain.

The Public Policy Institute of California survey released Tuesday finds that more than two-thirds of likely voters favor the governor's plan to raise taxes as a way to stabilize state finances, especially raising taxes on the rich.

Yet roughly the same proportion say they disagree with another key element of that plan, raising the statewide sales tax. And just 45 percent of likely voters say they would pay higher taxes for more government services.

The poll surveyed 894 likely voters by telephone from Jan. 10-17. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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