On politics in the Golden State
March 7, 2012 | 9:00 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax hike is favored by a slim majority of California voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday night.

The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 52% of likely voters back the temporary combination of a half-cent sales tax hike and higher levies on wealthy earners. Forty percent oppose it, while 8% are undecided.

That’s far below the 68% support that a PPIC poll found in January. But the more recent survey is the first in which pollsters could describe the proposal with language that voters will see on the November ballot. That appears to have significantly reduced support.

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