Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey

Reason-Rupe Asks Californians What Initiative They Would Place on the November Ballot


The latest Reason-Rupe poll of 696 California voters, asked respondents if there was any initiative or proposition not already on the California ballot this year that they wished were being put to a vote. Two-thirds of Californians did not wish to put an additional initiative on the ballot; a quarter had something they wished to add.

Among the quarter of Californians who would like to add a ballot proposition, the issue of same-sex marriage topped the list. Californians had previously put it to a vote in 2000 with Proposition 22 and in 2008 with Proposition 8, both limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. Proposition 22 had passed as an ordinary statute 61 to 39 percent, but was overturned by the California Supreme Court in 2008. Proponents of banning gay marriage then introduced Proposition 8 in 2008, which passed 52 to 48 percent, and amended the California Constitution to only recognize marriage for opposite-sex couples. Although the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 in Strauss v Horton, US District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Prop 8 in Perry v Brown and issued an injunction. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Walker's decision. Since then, proponents of Prop 8 have requested the US Supreme Court review the case; the Court has not yet responded.

Coming in a close second was the legalization of marijuana, many mentioning Proposition 215. In 1996, Prop 215 passed 56 to 44 percent, which legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use with a valid doctor's recommendation. Problematically, marijuana even for medical purposes is illegal under federal law, and has led to federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries in California. Back in April 2011 the Reason-Rupe poll found that 69 percent of Americans thought each state should be allowed to decide how it wants to regulate the use of marijuana and 27 percent thought states should not be allowed to have different rules than the federal government.

The next highest mention was taxation in California. Some respondents mentioned raising taxes on higher income Americans, others mentioned lowering taxes, and others specifically mentioned Proposition 13 passed back in 1978. Proposition 13 also amended the California Constitution which limited the tax rate for real estate and requires the legislature to reach a two-thirds vote before enacting a tax increase. Instead of annually reassessing property values, property taxes would be determined based on cost at acquisition (buying the house) and increases would be limited to an annual inflation factor of no more than 2 percent. (Homeowners over 55 can transfer the assessed value of their present home to a replacement home if they move within the same county).

After taxes, Californians mentioned a proposition to balance the budget each year or something related to cutting spending. Interestingly, California governor Jerry Brown previously expressed support for a balanced budget amendment in the 1970s.

Note: The above chart shows the top four issues Californians mentioned. Respondents answered using their own words and gave up to two responses.

California telephone poll conducted October 11th-15th on both landline and cell phones, 696 adults, margin of error +/- 3.8%. The sample also includes 508 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 5.1%. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full methodology can be found here. Full poll results found here.

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  1. No offense to gay couples and stoners (I’m on your side), but this result seems to show that Californians who haven’t moved out of the state are still mostly oblivious to the real crisis facing it.

    1. this

  2. California needs a do-over ballot initiative. Completely wipe everything out and start over fresh. Maybe the Golden State would be nice for a few years before that sixth largest economy in the world started to crap itself again under its own weight.

    1. This is a great idea. See the problem is, they’re always trying to make old regulations fit new technologies and activites.

      So if they started now, they could get in front of advancement, and regulate and control everything before it started changing.

      1. Golden State legislators would love that.

        Replace everything with a single line of text:

        “Everything is hereby banned.”

        1. Then they couldn’t justify their salaries and pensions. They find it more profitable to make that same law fill a wall full of books.

          1. “Everything is banned henceforth”, and just fill a million books with it.

            1. Books? The Greenies will never allow that!

              1. They won’t permit the use of electronic devices either, lest it ravage Mother Gaia’s pubic hair, so we’ll all have to settle for stone tablets. For the children.

  3. 696 people out of how many millions? Representative sample my ass.

    1. Yeah, that always cracks me up.

      “I asked a diverse range of people on my block whether Kirk is better than Picard.

      From these responses, I now know that the sentient population of the Milky Way galaxy prefers Kirk.”

      1. Well, that is a given. Everyone sentient prefers Kirk.

        1. Seriously. Ask them something debatable, like which is the best Nick Cage movie: Con-Air or Face/Off.

          1. Oh, “Con Air”, fer sure.


          2. Face/Off. I loved that movie, and I don’t apologize for that.

            1. Face/Off was borderline implausible.

              1. Oh, sure, but it was pretty damn entertaining.

                I couldn’t take the stuffed bear thing in Con Air seriously.

              2. YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

                1. What did they do? In addition to [SPOILER ALERT] switching faces, suction the extra fat out of Travolta and put it into Cage?

                2. Stop being so tasteless. Just as you clearly couldn’t perceive the tantalizingly masterful subtlety of Michael Bay’s narrative magnum opus, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, so too are you fantastically blind to the undeniable merits of the work that proved to the world, once and for all, that Nicolas Cage was the best actor in the history of motion pictures.

                  What have you to say for yourself?

                  1. Nicolas Cage was the best actor in the history of motion pictures.

                    Ghost Rider?

                    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

                    The Wicker Man?

                    Shall I go on? -D

              3. Nick doesn’t get much credit for it, but Kiss of the Vampire was his best movie. The two you mention both sucked ass.

                1. You’re really going to waste your vote like that?

                2. It was Vampire’s Kiss, Marshall! God! Jeez! What is wrong with you people today?

            2. And to think I called you…drug! Blin!

              I shall overlook this mild indescretion.

              1. Nicolas Cage — dazhe luche chem kanaplya!

                1. dazhe luche chem kanaplya!

                  So I googled that phrase to find a translation and the only link that came up was a russian Harry Potter fanfic site. Did you just unmask yourself?

                  1. It means “even better than reefer.”

                2. HA! Ochen’ pravda.

                  Tozhe, “luchshe” pravil’no. -)))

                  1. Ya pishu po fonetike. Tochno redaktirovat’ s Kirilitsi na Latinitsu zaymyot u menya vsyu nidelyu.

                    1. Da, ja ushhe panimaju tebja. -)

                    2. Russian’s coming along well, eh? Awesome. Now we can secretly communicate and discuss our mutual love of deep-dish pizza and Pearl Harbor without fear of grave mutilation or death!

                    3. Ty ne zabudesh’ Jimbo! -)

                    4. Wait…did you say deep dish pizza????


            3. Whaddya say we cut the chit-chat, a-holes, and remember that The Rock was better than both of them.

              1. SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP

              2. I liked it better the first time, when it was called Face/Off.

                1. I loved The Game Plan. I think Dwayne Johnson’s the next James Bond.

                  1. I had to watch that on an airplane once.

                    I liked the Kyra Sedgwick farting scene.

                    I mean I really liked it.

        2. “No True Trekker” and all that.

          “These words mean NOTHING if they don’t apply to all of us!”

        3. But Picard had an English accent and was sophisticated and read lots of books and shit, and Kirk was just a chauvinist capitalist busybody Yank. THEY TOOK AWAY RODDENBERRY’S DREAM AND MADE IT UN-UTOPIAN.

          /Bitchy Trekkie

          1. What’s even worse is Picard is a cheese eating surrender monkey.

            It’s disgraceful.

            1. Zhon-Lewk Peekard!

    2. They’re Californians.

      How different could that many of their viewpoints be.

  4. “Two-thirds of Californians did not wish to put an additional initiative on the ballot”

    This sounds like the key takeaway of the survey.

    1. It doesn’t fit the narrative.

  5. Also, fuck California.

  6. my initiative would replace Calpers with Calrousel.

  7. “Proposition 13 also amended the California Constitution which limited the tax rate for real estate and requires the legislature to reach a two-thirds vote before enacting a tax increase.”

    We need a Prop 13 at the federal level.

    The only thing that puts a limit on spending is the ability to raise taxes and the ability to sell bonds. We can’t limit how the market treats bonds, but we can limit the ability to raise taxes…

    Can you imagine how bad things would be in California were it not for Prop 13?

    1. They’d be selling kids into indentured servitude to Texans to pay their debts.

      1. No thanks I’d rather pay for the undocumented mexicans we have already than import some californians. Could work in Dallas though, those fuckers love importing californians.

        1. Do they employ them to sit on the couch and leech?

    2. I would imagine that the 12% who said they would like to see a ballot initiative on that would like to see it overturned.

      And while I do support the existence of prop 13, one downside is that those of us who don’t own property end up paying higher income taxes than might otherwise be levied in order to make up for the limits on property tax revenue.

  8. Two-thirds of Californians did not wish to put an additional initiative on the ballot; a quarter had something they wished to add.

    The remaining 1/12th said they would, in fact, like to save money on their long distance calls.

  9. An initiative to leave the Union and re-form the California Republic might be a good idea, but then again, maybe not. These people keep voting for higher taxes and bond measures to build medium-speed trains to nowhere.

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