Ad for Proposition 27
Chairman Jose “Moke” Simon III of the Middletown Racheria of Pomo Indians in an advertisement supporting Proposition 27. Image from video

A new poll by the respected Public Policy Institute of California suggests ballot propositions permitting sports betting and taxing wealthy residents to subsidize electric vehicles will likely fail.

The survey released Wednesday by the San Francisco-based nonprofit showed sports betting Propositions 26 and 27 failing with yes votes of just 34% and 26%, respectively, among likely voters.

The first measure would allow sports wagers at tribal casinos, while the second would allow it at casinos and also online through companies like BetMGM.

“Propositions 26 and 27 both fall well short of majority support,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the institute. “Few California voters have a personal interest in sports gambling and many say that legalizing it would be a bad thing for the state.”

Proposition 30, which would tax wealthy residents to fund subsidies for buyers of zero-emission vehicles, garnered more support at 41% of likely voters, but was still well short of a majority.

“Proposition 30 has lost favor in the past month and support is now below a majority,” said Baldassare. “A majority of Democrats still support this initiative, but most other voter groups are now in the ‘no’ camp.”

The findings were based on responses from 1,715 California residents interviewed from Oct. 14 to 23.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.