A Public Policy Institute of California survey shows the following trends in California voters:
- By 51 percent to 42 percent, Californians say they would rather have higher taxes and more services than lower taxes and fewer state services.
- Sixty percent also think K-12 public schools should be protected from budget cuts.
- A majority of voters favor boosting the sales tax by 1 1/2 cents, increasing the vehicle license fee by $12 a year, adding a nickel a drink to the alcohol tax, raising the tax rate for the richest Californians and increasing corporate taxes.
- And while Republicans are leading the battle for a state spending cap, the 70 percent of all Californians who now support those limits includes 67 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.
- One ominous note for Schwarzenegger is that 61 percent of likely voters oppose his plan to borrow billions of dollars against future state lottery earnings.
In general, this means Californians prefer higher taxes with more services. K-12 should not be touched. There should be a spending cap and no more borrowing.