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As California newspapers weigh in, Prop 37 is least popular
As California's newspapers weigh in with their editorial endorsements on the state's November 6 ballot propositions, patterns are beginning to emerge. Ballotpedia has tracked 27 newspapers. These newspapers have cumulatively made 201 editorial endorsements of the eleven statewide ballot propositions on the November 6, 2012, ballot. Some of the newspapers have not yet weighed in on all eleven propositions; if and when they do, that will be a total of 297 endorsements. The 201 editorial endorsements made thus far represents 67.68% of the total number of endorsements that might ultimately be made, if each of the 27 newspapers states an opinion on each of the eleven ballot propositions.
Not surprisingly, Proposition 40 is the proposition that earns the highest degree of support from the state's editorial writers. Twenty of them say "yes," while no newspaper has yet weighed in with a "no" suggestion. Even the group that got the signatures to put Proposition 40 on the ballot has changed their mind about it.
Among propositions where there is a genuine contest, Proposition 36, which will change the state's "Three Strikes" law, is the most popular with the state's newspaper editorial boards. It has been given a "Vote Yes!" signal from eighteen newspapers, while only two think voters should reject it.
Meanwhile, Proposition 37, which would require that genetically engineered foods be labeled, is the least popular proposition with newspaper editorial boards. Nineteen of them say "No!," while three say "yes."
Chart of endorsements