SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says he is confident voters will approve his November tax initiative as a way to avoid further cuts to public schools, even though a new poll shows it has only a narrow margin of support.

A Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday found that Brown’s tax hike is supported by 54 percent of likely voters, with 39 percent opposed. Poll director Mark Baldassare says that’s a relatively low mark for an initiative this far before an election.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Brown said the initiative will do better once voters understand that rejecting it will lead to further education cuts. He predicted both sides would wage “a very competitive campaign.”

The initiative still has two months to qualify for the ballot.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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