California propositions: Poll shows tight races for app-based driver rules, business property taxes

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App-based driver Teresa Mercado, right, joins members of the Mobile Workers Alliance, which consists of Uber and Lyft drivers, protesting at the home of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp in Beverly Hills in 2019.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

App-based driver Teresa Mercado, right, joins members of the Mobile Workers Alliance, which consists of Uber and Lyft drivers, protesting at the home of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp in Beverly Hills in 2019.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

A new statewide poll finds a sharp decline in the number of voters undecided on Proposition 22, an effort to designate drivers who work for app-based companies as independent contractors, but provides no clear hint at the outcome as election day nears.

The poll also offers little certainty about Proposition 15, the plan to loosen California’s long-standing limits on commercial property taxes. A plurality of voters back both proposals in the poll released Monday by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, but the lead is relatively narrow — and in the case of the tax increase, the level of support remains unchanged since last month.

“It looks close on both of them,” said Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director. “Voters are deciding on these propositions late.”

The online poll of 5,352 likely voters found 46% said they would vote in favor of Proposition 22, while 42% would vote against it. The number of undecided voters fell by 13 percentage points since the institute’s mid-September poll as support and opposition grew in roughly equal amounts.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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