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April 16, 1989 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
If well-financed City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky had entered last week's Los Angeles election, Mayor Tom Bradley would have been forced into a runoff instead of winning reelection by a narrow margin, the Los Angeles Times Poll has found. The post-election survey also revealed apathy that helped explain why the turnout was a record low of 23%, a stunning development in light of poll findings of increasing public discontent with Los Angeles' quality of life. So low was the turnout that Bradley received about 157,000 votes in a city with 1.9 million registered voters and a population of 3.3 million.
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August 24, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Facebook and Internet portals such as Google and Yahoo increasingly provide Americans their gateway for news, but the bulk of voters who catch up on current events daily turn to traditional sources, particularly local television stations, according to a nationwide poll. Traditional news sources on TV and in print also remain more trusted than the burgeoning alternative ecosystem of blogs, late-night comedy shows and social media outlets, the USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press found.
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NEWS
January 24, 1995
A Majority Critical of Nation's Direction Of those Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track, crime and family breakdown are the reasons they cite most often. Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or are they seriously off on the wrong track? Right direction: 35% Wrong track: 55% Don't know: 10% Why do you say things in this country are going in the right direction?
NATIONAL
August 23, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - With his running mate in place and his nominating convention looming, Republican Mitt Romney narrowly trails President Obama, according to a new nationwide poll of likely voters. Obama leads 48% to 45% among all registered voters in the survey and by 48% to 46% among those considered likely to vote, according to the USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times poll on Politics and the Press. While those results are within the poll's margin of error, they speak to the remarkable stability of the presidential race, in which Obama has held a small lead in most polls since April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1992 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Underlining concern over San Diego's escalating violence, nearly three-quarters of city residents support the idea of a special tax to hire more police officers, a Los Angeles Times Poll found.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Ernie Kell has capitalized on his name recognition and his association with the rebuilding of downtown to forge a commanding lead over Councilwoman Jan Hall in the race for citywide elected mayor, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found. Striving to shed his figurehead appointive title and move into the newly created full-time mayor's job, Kell also has been far more successful than Hall in picking up support from voters who backed Luanne Pryor in last month's primary election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2002 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A month into the campaign over secession, voters citywide are leaning against breaking the San Fernando Valley away from Los Angeles and overwhelmingly oppose independence for Hollywood, according to a Los Angeles Times poll. Secession remains popular in the Valley. After hearing a summary of arguments for and against secession, voters there said they favor a split from Los Angeles, 52% to 37%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1999
A Times poll finds that most suburban residents give their public schools high marks for quality. They say their children are safe on campus. But some say drugs, alcohol and racial tension are problems at school. * Source: Los Angeles Times Poll
NEWS
February 3, 2000
The Los Angeles Times exit poll illuminates how various demographic groups voted in Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primary elections. The columns at right should be read horizontally. For example: Of all men who voted in the Democratic primary, 46% cast their ballots for Al Gore, 50% for Bill Bradley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
California voters are losing faith in a proposed $68-billion bullet train project, saying the state has higher priorities, they would seldom use the service and they would halt public borrowing for construction if they could, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found. A strong majority of voters have turned against the project just as Gov. Jerry Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction in the Central Valley later this year, a major step in the plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with high-speed rail service by about 2028.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Longer hours, less pay, higher costs for benefits. Those are some of the ways the workplace has changed for many Californians in the wake of the economic downturn, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll . More than a third of those surveyed said their workplace conditions had gotten worse in the last year. More than half said they or someone they know had experienced reduced wages or hours at work. It's a natural consequence of an economic downturn - when layoffs occur, those left at work are asked to take on more responsibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Charter schools have won over about half of California voters, but these independent, non-traditional public schools are not widely viewed as the solution to the state's education problems, according to a new poll. Among those surveyed in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll , 52% had a favorable opinion about charters; only 12% had an unfavorable impression. Asked whether charter schools or traditional schools provided a better education, 48% gave superior marks to charters; 24% considered traditional schools more effective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
The road to redemption for the Republican Party in California may be even rougher than November's statewide electoral drubbing indicated, as a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows a deep reluctance among many voters to side with a GOP candidate and broad swaths of the state holding views on government's role that conflict with Republican tenets. California voters surveyed in the poll repudiated the party's stance on illegal immigration by endorsing a host of positions intended to make it easier for the undocumented to gain legal status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2009 | Phil Willon
Days from the start of his second term, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has earned tepid job approval ratings from city voters, and a plurality opposes his entrance into the upcoming race for governor, according to a new Los Angeles Times poll. Los Angeles' brooding electorate, battered by job losses and home foreclosures that rise above national and state trends, feels strongly that the city is on the wrong track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2008 | Cathleen Decker, Times Staff Writer
Less than four months after losing the California primary, Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in projected November general election matchups, a new Los Angeles Times/KTLA Poll has found. Obama, the Illinois senator who has inched close to his party's nomination, would defeat McCain by seven points if the election were held today. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, whose fortunes have faltered since her Feb.
NEWS
January 31, 1991
Two weeks into the Persian Gulf War, Californians overwhelmingly approve of President Bush's decision to attack Iraq and of his handling of the crisis in the Middle East, A NEW LOS ANGELES TIMES POLL FOUND. The poll also revealed that 80% of those surveyed across the state give high marks to Bush's performance as president, which is in line with a nationwide survey conducted shortly after the fighting began.
NEWS
February 13, 1989
The most recent Los Angeles Times Poll consisted of more than 80 questions asked of a scientific sampling of 2,116 people in Southern California, including 206 in Orange County. The poll was conducted Jan. 12-14 by telephone interviewers, some of them speaking Spanish. The sampling in Orange County was too small to break down the responses by race or ethnic group. The margin of error from chance variations in the sample was 3 points for the responses from all of Southern California.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2008 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Most Americans are planning to use their stimulus rebate checks to pay down existing debt or add to their savings, not to fuel the kind of consumer spending that would bolster the economy, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. Only 18% of respondents to the national poll said they intended to spend the money they will receive later this year from the federal government as part of an effort to inject cash into the sputtering economy.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Barack Obama has wiped out Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-commanding lead in New Hampshire and the two remain virtually tied with John Edwards in Iowa, as more and more voters get off the fence and decide whom to support, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. Obama drew backing from 32% of New Hampshire Democrats who intend to vote in the primary, compared with Clinton's 30% -- a statistical dead heat.
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