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Poll: Majority of California Voters Want to Overturn Gas Tax Hike

The gas tax rose in California on Nov. 1, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The gas tax rose in California on Nov. 1, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Most California voters would scrap the higher gas tax and vehicle fees recently approved by the Legislature to provide money to repair the state’s roads and bridges and improve mass transit, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

When asked their preference if the matter were put to a vote today, 54.2% of registered voters surveyed said they would cancel the tax and fee hikes, while 45.8% said they would vote to keep the increases in place.

The question is timely because two separate groups are working to put initiatives on the November 2018 ballot that would allow voters to repeal the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase and motor vehicle fee increases that start next year.

“Put to a popular vote, the gas tax for infrastructure is in trouble,” said Robert Shrum, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. “I certainly would not want to start out at 47 percent support if I was in favor of this and there was a ballot measure.”

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