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Poll: Most Californians oppose Gov. Brown's gas tax plan

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 17:05:37-04

(KGTV)--The results of a new SurveyUSA poll of 500 Californians indicate most people do not support Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to increase a tax on gasoline to pay for road repairs and transportation improvements. 

The new state road repair and transportation investment package is being considered by the California legislature. If passed, the bill would spend $52 billion over 10 years and take steps to guarantee the money is only spent on transportation. Some of that money would be raised through a gas tax and car fee. 

Here are the results of the survey

1. In general, how would you rate the condition of roads and highways in California? 

  • 8% Excellent
  • 26% Good
  • 38% Fair
  • 27% Poor
  • 1% Not sure 

2. A new California road repair and transportation investment package is being considered by the legislature. If passed, the bill would spend $52 billion dollars over ten years, and take steps to guarantee the money is only spent on transportation. Some of the money would be raised by a 12 cent per gallon increase in the tax on gasoline. Do you support or oppose this part of the plan? 

  • 37% Support
  • 44% Oppose
  • 19% Not sure

3. Some of the money would be raised by a 20 cent per gallon increase in the tax on diesel fuel. Do you support or oppose this part of the plan? 

  • 36% Support
  • 46% Oppose
  • 18% Not sure

4. Some of the money would be raised by a $100 fee on electric and hybrid vehicles, which use less fuel. Do you support or oppose this part of the plan? 

  • 42% Support
  • 43% Oppose
  • 14% Not sure

5. The proposal also calls for a "transportation improvement fee," similar to the vehicle registration fee owners currently pay the DMV annually. The fee would range from $25-$175 a year based on a vehicle's value. Do you support or oppose this fee? 

  • 26% Support
  • 59% Oppose
  • 14% Not sure

6. State Republicans are calling the plan the largest gas tax increase in state history, adding $5 billion to Caltrans' budget of $10.5 billion. Do you think the additional funds are needed or should Calttrans make better use of gas tax revenue it currently gets? 

  • 23% Additional funds needed
  • 61% Make better use of revenue
  • 16% Not sure 

KABC-TV Los Angeles, KFSN-TV Fresno, KGTV-TV San Diego, KPIX-TV San Francisco and San Diego Union-Tribune sponsored this survey. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy