Here are more results from our latest Editorial Board survey conducted Sunday and Monday:
Statewide polls show California voters are split on Propositions 16 and 17, but not so here on the North Coast.
Proposition 16, the PG&E-funded campaign to make it more difficult for cities to get into the power utility business, was opposed by 83 percent of the people who responded to our survey. Only 14 percent said they had voted for it or planned to vote for it. The rest were undecided. More than 200 people in all responded to the invitation-only survey to Press Democrat letter writers and other readers.
Meanwhile, 69 percent of locals were opposed to Proposition 17, which would allow auto insurance companies to offer “continuous coverage” discounts to new customers who switch from another insurer. Opponents note that it would also make it more difficult to get coverage for those who have let their coverage lapse. Twenty percent said they supported Proposition 17.
Meanwhile, voters were divided over Proposition 14, which would create an open primary in California so that the two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary would face off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.
Forty-seven percent said they favored it while 44 percent was opposed. Nine percent were undecided.
Some of the comments from those who took the survey:
“Props 16 & 17 are examples of the results of this Supreme Court’s recent (egregious) decision which considers corporations as individuals and doesn’t limit their expenditures.”
– Donna Cherlin, Forestville
“I am daily appalled at the way PG&E is blanketing the airwaves with advertising selling Proposition 16. The ads are so blatantly misleading, speaking about ‘the people’s right to vote” when the proposition is really about PG&E maintaining their stranglehold on the consumer by blocking competition. And whose money is being spent, probably millions of dollars, on those ads? The consumer. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the average voter will not hear anything but PG&E’s tag line and vote ‘yes.’”
“We paid for PG&E’s huge expenditure on Prop.16. This should not be allowed. This is reason enough to vote against it.”
– Lawrence Shapiro, Sebastopol
“Props 16 and 17 are just two examples of the problems with money influencing elections. These are just two examples of the problems with the popular referendums in this state. Anyone (and corporations get to consider themselves individuals) with money can try to pay people to put measures on the ballot and try to use propaganda to influence the legislative process and create situations that harm the greater good. It is definitely time for a new state constitution.”