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Election 2012

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Taxes & Pensions

October 1, 2012

Golden State voters show slipping support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative, but favor pension reforms, finds USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

On the Ballot: Marijuana, Gay Marriage

September 14, 2012

“The presidential election gets most of the attention, but it’s going to be a very interesting year at state level, with voters potentially passing a host of far-reaching new laws,” says John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute. Pot legalization is a hot topic this year, as are same-sex marriage, health care, tax increases and public employee unions.

Brown’s Tax Initiative

August 23, 2012

Just a slim majority of Californian voters favor Prop. 30, which would raise taxes to avoid further spending cuts in education and public safety.

Brown Tax Initiative

May 30, 2012

Voter support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative is slipping, as California budget shortfall grows. But most voters favor his plan to reduce state worker hours.

California for Obama, Despite Gas Prices

March 26, 2012

The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll finds President Obama’s job performance rating at its highest among California voters since 2010.

Californians Willing
To Raise Taxes

March 26, 2012

Voters favor raising sales taxes and taxes on the wealthy if the money goes to public schools, community colleges and public safety, poll finds.

November Initiatives

October 15, 2010

Next month’s ballot measures focus on everything but the economy, according
to USC’s Initiative
and Referendum Institute.

California’s June Propositions

May 21, 2010

Election year 2010 continues, with controversial measures to be decided
in the Golden State on June 8. John Matsusaka of the Initiative & Referendum Institute analyzes the players and pockets behind the five propositions, which tackle auto insurance pricing, two-party primaries, and public campaign funding.

Press in Distress

February 19, 2010

A USC report shows that government support for the news media, long a tradition in the United States, has declined with the press’ fortunes.

Ballot Initiative Results

November 13, 2009

On November 3, voters decided on a range
of issues in various states, delivering defeats and victories
for gay rights, and rejecting tax limits.

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