Field Poll: High-speed rail a potential pitfall for Gov. Brown

The Sacramento BeeJuly 5, 2012 

Gov. Jerry Brown is a big proponent of high-speed rail, but if the Legislature votes this week to fund the project, it could hurt him in the fall.

A survey released today suggests the project could be a liability for Brown, coming as the Democratic governor lobbies for a November tax initiative and warns of billions of dollars in spending cuts if it fails.

A fifth of likely voters who support Brown's proposal to raise taxes say they would be less likely to support it if the Legislature appropriates money for high-speed rail, the Field Poll found.

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