In response to a $24 billion shortfall in its state budget, California is recommending $7.6 billion in program spending cuts which would affect health and long-term care services. This survey shows that most Californians age 18 and older consider it important to maintain current levels of state funding for health and long-term care services: 71% support an increase in the state's tax on tobacco products; 67% support reinstating its 10% and 11% income tax brackets for high income taxpayers, and 31% support reinstating the vehicle license fee. Generating revenues to maintain delivery of health and long-term care services is an issue that could influence voting behavior.
Between June 4 and 12, 2002, Woelfel Research, Inc. conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 California adults age 18 and older. Rachelle Cummins of AARP Knowledge Management analyzed the data and wrote the report. For more information, please, contact her at 202/434-6297. (14 pages)