Support for Schools & Communities First increased 7 points since last PPIC poll
Reflects other polling showing that Schools & Communities First is supported by majority of California voters
New polling from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shows that a majority of likely California voters, 53%, support assessing commercial property at fair market value in order to invest in in schools, and that support for this has increased since the last PPIC poll that tested the same language on education funding in November 2019, which showed that 46% of likely voters supported the concept.
While the PPIC polling provides valuable insight into Californians’ support of one aspect of the Schools & Communities First initiative, polling of the actual title and summary ballot language has shown that 58% of likely California voters support the initiative. This demonstrates the fact that voters are even more supportive when they see the actual text of the ballot measure, which includes details that both local governments and schools receive all of the revenue.
This new poll comes on the heels of Schools & Communities First submitting an historic 1.7 million signatures of support, the most signatures ever submitted for a ballot measure in California history.
“Now more than ever, those essential workers and services on the frontlines of this crisis deserve the support and investment to continue keeping Californians safe and healthy. These new polling results, showing that a majority of likely voters support investing in our schools, comes on the heels of Schools & Communities First submitting an historic 1.7 million signatures of support,” said Schools & Communities First Communications Director Alex Stack. “We simply can’t afford corporate tax loopholes benefiting a fraction of top corporations at the expense of critical local services and schools.”
The Schools & Communities First initiative would bring back $12 billion every year locally for communities to invest in critical local services, such as emergency responders and public health programs, and schools while protecting residential property, agriculture, and small businesses. What’s more, this initiative provides a lifeline for small businesses hit by this crisis, implementing new tax relief on business personal property. Now more than ever, Californians simply can’t afford corporate tax loopholes at the expense of critical local services and schools – research from the University of Southern California (USC) has shown that 78% of the revenue would come from only 6% of commercial and industrial properties in the state, illustrating the fact that only a fraction of top corporations have overwhelmingly benefited from the system for years.