Split-Roll Property Tax Measure Continues to Sink in Public Polls

USC Rossier School of Education Poll the Latest to Demonstrate Declining Support Among Voters

SACRAMENTO, CA – The USC Rossier School of Education released last week polling results on the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike showing only 45 percent of voters support the measure. This result comes as no surprise as the USC poll is the fifth independent public poll during the last 12 months to show that less than 50 percent of voters support the measure, marking a downward trend.

“As voters learn the truth about the attack on Proposition 13 and the $12.5 billion price tag in higher property taxes that will be paid by Californians each year, they are opposing the flawed initiative in droves,” said Rob Gutierrez, president and CEO of the California Taxpayers Association. “Passage of this flawed initiative will result in higher costs for consumers on everything we buy and use, including milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and daily necessities like gas and childcare.”

In November of 2019, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that only 46 percent of likely voters support the split-roll measure. An earlier poll by the PPIC in September 2019 found just 47 percent of likely voters support the tax hike. In July 2019, Change Research found only 39 percent of likely voters supported the measure and in January 2019, the PPIC announced only 49 percent of likely voters were persuaded by the measure.

Last fall, after the PPIC announced its September poll, Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO stated, “It’s a hard place to start from, and then add in the fact that it’s easier for people to vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ and we know there’s a ‘no’ campaign.” Baldassare also said he consistently finds 60 percent of voters believe Proposition 13 is “a good thing.”

About Californians To Save Prop 13 And Stop Higher Property Taxes
Californians to Save Prop 13 and Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Prop 13 and oppose a split-roll property tax for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.