More Californians support taxes to fix budget

April 25, 2011 6:10:27 AM PDT
A new Los Angeles Times poll finds a significant shift in the attitude of California voters toward using higher taxes to balance the state budget.

Sixty percent of people asked say they support an election to extend a temporary tax hike. Only 33 percent backed a Republican plan to balance the budget by slashing state services.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants a special election in June to decide whether to extend temporary tax increases. So far, Republicans refuse to go along with it.

The LA Times/USC poll also found that only 44 percent of Californians approve of the job Brown is doing as governor.