|SEIU CA State Council's survey of 800 registered California Republicans was conducted June 5 through June 9 by The Feldman Group. Key findings are as follows:
* 85 percent of Republican voters say the budget deficit has them concerned
* 65 percent say they think Republican Legislators should work with Democrats to achieve a compromise including budget cuts and revenue increases.
* 54 percent support increasing the top bracket of the state income taxes from 9.3 to 10 percent for families with taxable income over $272,000 annually and to 11 percent for families with more than $544,000 a year in taxable income.
* 54 percent support closing the loophole that allow.
* 56 percent support the sales tax to entertainment such as concerts and sporting events.
* 64 percent support a bill to prevent people who purchase yachts and luxury vehicles from avoiding sales taxes on these purchases.
In a split sample, half of the participants were told "Democrats, Who make up about 60 percent of the legislature, say they will never approve spending cuts and Republicans, who make up about 40 percent of the legislature, say they will never approve raising taxes. Neither side has the two-thirds votes necessary to pass the budget." When asked what respondents think legislators should do, an overwhelming 71 percent said both sides should work out a practical compromise of cuts and new revenue without gimmicks and more borrowing.
SEIU is the largest union and one of the largest advocacy organizations in California. Our more than 700,000 health care professionals, public service providers and service workers are dedicated to protecting and strengthening California's communities. That's why our members - Democrats and Republican - are reaching out to their elected officials in Sacramento and allies on the local level to encourage Legislators to compromise on a balanced, responsible budget that gets California moving again.
Courtni Pugh, ED, SEIU California State Council