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Report details opinions of state voters

California Capitol Dome in Sacramento
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California Capitol Dome in Sacramento


Excited to vote this year? You’re not alone. 

Six in 10 California voters are more enthusiastic about voting in this election than usual, and President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a 12-point lead over Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Voters are split on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to help fund schools by increasing taxes on those who earn more than $250,000 a year. About 39 percent of voters say they support Proposition 38, a rival tax measure that also would fund education.

These are some of the findings in a new report, “Californians and Their Government,” released by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

The report also found that 42 percent of Californians approve of the governor, and 63 percent approve of the president, the highest approval level for Obama in California since 2009.

Nearly all Californians “say the state budget situation is a problem and say their local government services have been affected by recent state budget cuts,” according to the report, and 60 percent of likely voters said the state government wastes a lot of taxpayer money.

Read the whole report here.

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