PPIC poll suggests Brown’s special election may have a chance

Fewer than 40 percent of likely California voters support funding cuts to K-12 education while 62 percent said they are willing to increase taxes to spare schools, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey, from the Public Policy Institute of California, found that 66 percent of likely voters said the special election proposals from Gov. Jerry Brown are a good idea - by comparison, just 40 percent of likely voters approved early on of the 2005 special election called by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The poll's author said the results also picked up a growing sense of optimism among Californians battered by three long years of economic troubles.

Californians are beginning to feel more hopefulâthat the economy is improving, that the governor and legislature can get something done," says Mark Baldassare, survey director and CEO of PPIC.

"But that hope is fragile and could dissolve quickly," he said in a statement. "The challenge for Brown is to convince Californians that his complex budget plan is a real solution to the state's fiscal troubles."

A majority of Californians - 54 percent - continue to say that things are going in the wrong direction. But the number of adult residents who view the state as heading in the right direction has jumped 22 points just since October to 38 percent - the highest percentage since September 2007.

The findings are based on telephone interviews with 2,004 California adult residents during the eight-day period ending Jan. 18. The sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all adults and plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for likely voters.

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