A corporate tax increase is opposed by a majority of Californians, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released June 5.
The pollster asked: “Tax and fee increases could be used to help reduce the state’s large gap between spending and revenues. Do you favor or oppose raising the state taxes paid by some of the largest California corporations?”
The responses: 51 percent oppose, 47 percent favor, and 2 percent don’t know.
The poll of 1,576 adult California residents was conducted from May 17 to May 24 in English and Spanish. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percent.
In the only other question directly relating to taxes, the pollster asked: “What if there was a measure on your local ballot to increase local parcel taxes to provide more funds for the local public schools? Would you vote yes or no?”
Again, a majority of respondents opposed tax increases: 56 percent said they would vote no, 43 percent said they would vote yes, and 1 percent said they don’t know.
Asked what they think is “the most important issue facing people in California today,” 27 percent said jobs, the economy, and inflation; 16 percent said homelessness; 11 percent said housing costs and availability; 7 percent said crime, gangs, and drugs; 6 percent said the environment, pollution and climate change; 5 percent said the state budget, deficit, spending, and taxes; 5 percent said government in general; and 4 percent said immigration or illegal immigration.