With one notable exception, Benicia voters generally took the same positions as the majority of voters statewide on the 11 ballot propositions that appeared on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot.
Benicia voters showed stronger support for proposition 30 -the measure that uses temporary tax increases to fund education and public safety- than voters statewide. In Benicia 65 percent of voters supported the measure while statewide it was supported by 55 percent of voters.
Proposition 32 would have banned union payroll deductions from being used in political campaigns but wouldn’t restrict campaign contributions from wealthy donors or corporate interests. It was supported by 43 percent of voters statewide but in Benicia could only muster support from 41 percent of voters.
Proposition 34 was the only measure that had a different outcome in Benicia than the statewide vote. 52 percent of Benicians who voted in the 2012 general elections supported abolishing the death penalty. That view was held by only 48 percent of voters statewide.
Following are the tallies for the 11 propositions and Measure Q:
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