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January 25, 2012

What Is a California Republican?

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:38 pm

The world knows that California is in trouble.  Californians themselves?  Not so much.  Unemployment is hovering in double digits, but 35% of fellow residents of the Golden State believe that these are the good times.  Albeit, that’s just 27% of likely voters.  The more poor, the less educated, the more liberal and the younger the person polled, the more optimistic she is.  Hmmm…  I wonder why.

The voters here enthusiastically approve extravagant spending projects like the SF/LA speed train.  High taxes on a select few sends the wealthy out of state, and yet another tax is on the horizon.  To avoid spending cuts on K-12 education Governor Brown proposed a sales and income tax.  A new poll by Public Policy Institute of California shows wide support for the plan:

The poll found 68 percent of likely voters – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents – support the proposed initiative, which the administration estimates would generate about $35 billion over five years. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has projected the measure would raise about $7 billion less.

Support indicated by the poll does not mean Brown will have an easy time getting the initiative passed, however, said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the institute.

“It will continue to be a question of: Can the governor continue to develop broad-based support, or will broad-based opposition develop that will question elements of his plan that may not be viewed very positively by voters?” Baldassare said. “It’s very easy for people to change their minds about initiatives if they find something they don’t like.”

According to the survey, the governor’s tax proposal is supported by 85 percent of Democrats polled, 53 percent of Republicans polled and 65 percent of independents polled. This survey follows another from the institute in December that also showed strong support for Brown’s plan. The latest numbers show an increase in support of eight percentage points among likely voters.  (Bold is mine, — ed.)

On the other hand:

— 55 percent of likely voters believe state government could cut spending and provide the same level of services.

That number probably includes all Republicans and a few independents who don’t believe the Governor’s plan is a good idea.  Or not.  They might call themselves Republicans, but on fiscal issues, the issues that are supposed to be on everyone’s mind in 2012, they are liberal.  Or maybe they (we) are suckers because people accuse us of hating kids when we resist education spending increases (oh, the righteous bullying of local mommy chatrooms), never mind that the kids will end up paying for our deficits.

In other news, Obama’s approval among likely voters is 49%.  An equal number disapproves of the job the President is doing.  He should try spending more.

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7 Comments »

  1. Maybe we should say Kalifornia Republicans vs. Orange County Republicans. I think the former would more resemble a Mitt Romney while the later would be analogous to a Ronald Reagan.

    More taxes and fees just keep getting piled atop Kalifornia residents and I think many people just chalk if up to that what they have to pay to live someplace with nice weather, beaches, and that whole Manifest Destiny load of garbage.

    That is disturbing about the young, hip, Liberals being optimistic but I guess they are the product of failed schools so it makes sense.

    Comment by Harrison — January 25, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    • We did some research into the Orange County, actually. We have family and friends in SoCal, so we were toying with the idea of moving there (we can’t, we are pretty much stuck in the Bay Area). The dunces around here are all up in arms about the “Orange Curtain”, but the Orange County is about 50/50 Repub/Democrat. It can’t be *that* conservative. The Dems might be all Mexican with whom I probably wouldn’t cross pass anyways (just a statement of fact; it’s not like people of my background talk to them much here even though they are all over Oakland).
      I suspect the lower income/education economic optimism demo in that poll represents the dependency class.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 25, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      • I think Liberals are slowly leaking into the OC but it is the sole preserve of the traditional Kalifornia Conservative. I’m sure within 20 years this won’t be the case as they all die off or move out to more business-friendly states.

        Comment by Harrison — January 26, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

        • The liberals leaking into the OC are probably all from Mexico, though. I don’t know very many people who moved down South… but I know plenty, including my significant other who are from there.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 26, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

          • I know of a few who moved down there… mainly because work took them there or for the dry weather. But they hate it.

            Comment by Harrison — January 27, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

  2. New York has the same problem with Republicans. It seems the East and the West coast are the birthplace of RINOism.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — January 27, 2012 @ 2:42 am

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