New Poll Shows Struggle Ahead for Governor's Initiatives

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 27, 2005

The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, shows that despite greater awareness of the special election ballot initiatives, the Governor still faces an uphill battle on those measures he favors.  PPIC survey director Mark Baldassare:

"What we’re seeing now is that even among the people who we think are likely to vote in November, about half are saying the election is not a good idea but they’re gonna vote anyway and they’re going to send their message not by staying home but by voting.” 

The poll shows special election voters are divided evenly 47-percent on either side on the public employee union dues measure, Prop 75. Schwarzenegger’s campaign adviser says internal polls show a better picture of passing prop 75, and that the Governor’s appearances on town hall meetings is helping his job approval rating. 

The PPIC Survey took place last week between October 16th and 23rd.