While early returns indicate California is ready to pass both statewide propositions, Riverside County voters were not in favor of new taxes.
The first batch of results from the Riverside County Registrar show Proposition 29 was failing locally, with 59.43 percent opposing raising the cost of cigarettes to fund cancer research.
Proposition 28, which would reform the Legislature’s term limits, was passing locally with 65.21 percent.
A Field Poll released this morning indicates that the two statewide initiatives — Proposition 28 and Proposition 29 — are poised to pass on Tuesday.
In a statewide survey, 50 percent of likely voters supported Prop 28 with only 28 percent opposing it. Another 22 percent of voters were undecided on the issue, which would amend the Legislature’s term limits.
The margin was closer when it came to Prop 29, which would raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to fund cancer research.
The survey found that 50 percent of voters endorsed the idea, but 42 percent opposed it. Another 8 percent were undecided.
The Field Poll survey started on May 21 and wrapped on Tuesday.
You can find more detailed results here.
And don’t forget to give your opinion of the two props this Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cancer survivors and health care experts will rally in Palm Desert today as part of a statewide campaign for Prop 29.
Dubbed the California Cancer Research Act, passage of Prop 29 would increases the taxes on tobacco products in order to fund cancer research. The increased taxes would equate to $1 per pack of cigarettes.
Today’s rally will include the representatives of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association of California.
The event starts at 1:30 p.m. at the public library in Palm Desert, 73300 Fred Waring Dr.
Prop 29 is one of two statewide measures on the June 5 ballot.