Support for school construction bond falls below 50 percent in new poll

Supporters of a $15 billion school and college construction bond on the March 2020 state ballot will have their work cut out for them. So will community activists and public employee unions gathering signatures to put an estimated $11 billion tax increase on commercial and business properties to voters next November.

Less than half of likely voters say they’d vote for either proposal, according to a poll released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research nonprofit.

A potentially competing tax on corporations and wealthy Californians to raise $15 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges fared better; 56 percent of likely voters said they’d vote for it, although the California School Boards Association, its chief promoter, still has to find the $5 million or so needed to gather enough names to put it on the ballot. Click here to read more: