A new poll indicates that the majority of California voters oppose repealing the state’s newly approved gas tax, signed into law by Governor Brown in April of this year.
The poll asked 1,000 California voters whether they would vote for a ballot initiative proposed by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) that seeks to repeal SB-1. The recently enacted SB-1 generates $5.2 billion annually for transportation, road repairs, and mass transit improvements by increasing vehicle registration fees and raising the gas tax 12 cents per gallon. Repealing SB1 would therefore eliminate the road repairs and transportation programs funded by these new taxes and fees.
Voters were asked: “If the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the (proposed) ballot measure or NO to oppose the ballot measure?” 53.9% of those polled responded that they would vote to oppose the repeal of the gas tax.
The results indicate that SB-1 has a good chance of surviving any challenge, said Adam Probolsky, president of Probolsky Research, the agency that conducted the poll. “The gas tax repeal is unlikely to be successful,” he noted.
Probolsky Research conducts opinion research on public policy for state and local government agencies, corporations and political strategists. Probolsky said the gas tax poll was not paid for by any client.