| Interesting polls, updates and the like often find their way into my inbox. Much of it goes onto the pile of "to be written about," but time keeps eluding me on actually getting to the bottom of that stack. One such item cannot allude me any longer. It is a poll from Goodwin Simon Research on PG&E's Prop 16, the measure that would require supermajorities to vote in favor of adding any new customers to municipal power systems.
The news ain't good for PG&E. From a simple reading of the ballot title & statement, they're in a pretty tough spot. Just 21% of voters support Prop 16 from just that information.
The pollsters then tossed in a pro-PG&E statement pulled from their ballot argument, "Proposition 16 would "require a city or other local government to get a two-thirds vote of its people before it could use public funds to provide or expand new electricity service to residents and business." After this, only 32% support, with 42% opposing.
These are horrific numbers to start off a campaign with. But, if you're PG&E and willing to plow $6.5 million of your ratepayers money, no mountain is too steep of a climb. As of right now, there's not much of a No campaign, but it wouldn't be that hard to get one going. You wouldn't need to match PG&E just have enough to let people know what a dud this truly is.
Interestingly, I heard that when they were designing the initiative, they tested 2/3 and simple majority, and 2/3 tested better. Folks, we have a long way to go.