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January 3, 1999
My wife is 74 and I am 76. We have been married for 54 years. Neither of us has ever been requested to participate in a poll. Recently, we attended a party of 20 intelligent retirees, all between the ages of 68 and 88. Not one of the 20 had ever in his lifetime participated in a poll, political or otherwise. So be it for the polls that every day report new and reliable data about how America will react to impeachment. LAWRENCE U. GRAY, La Verne
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is trailing badly in the polls, said Sunday that former President George W. Bush, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders are aiding his campaign. "A lot of people nationally have been helping," he told reporters after speaking to a Republican women's convention in Orange. "[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush has been helping, [former Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels has given a lot of advice on economy policy. "President Bush has been very helpful and made calls and opened doors," Kashkari said.
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NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By David Lauter, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The last few days have brought a raft of new polls about the presidential race -- and some sharp conflicts in the data. One widely followed poll, the Rasmussen survey , had Republican Mitt Romney 1 point ahead on Wednesday, but by Thursday had moved to a three-point lead for President Obama, 50%-47%. Two others, the nightly Gallup tracking poll and a survey for the Associated Press , had 1-point leads for Obama on Wednesday. But at least six other surveys this week by Fox News ; NBC and the Wall St. Journal ; the Washington Post ; CBS, the New York Times and Quinnipiac University; Pew Research Center ; and Marquette University in Wisconsin have results nationally or in key battleground states showing Obama leading by significantly larger margins.
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The vast majority of Ukrainian voters oppose Russian military intervention in their country, even in the east and south where large Russian minorities live, a U.S.-funded poll by a Gallup affiliate showed Thursday. The April 3-12 survey of 1,200 randomly selected Ukrainians of voting age by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization found a nationwide average of 85% against any Russian military intervention, the International Republican Institute said in a summary of the poll paid for by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By Bob Secter, Chicago Tribune
Two new polls of Wisconsin voters bear welcome news for Democrats, suggesting the Paul Ryan effect has worn off on the presidential race in his home state and that an earlier Republican edge in a critical U.S. Senate race has evaporated. A Marquette University Law School survey of 601 likely Wisconsin voters showed Obama opening up a 54% to 40% lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, a survey of 1,485 likely Wisconsin voters by Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News gave Obama a more modest but still healthy six-point edge over Romney, 51% to 45%. The gap measured by Marquette was the widest recorded in polls this year.
OPINION
August 31, 2009 | Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts, Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts report regularly on California politics at calbuzz.com.
Daily Kos, an influential liberal website, recently released a poll showing that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was just nine points behind Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary race for governor. Within minutes, the San Francisco Chronicle posted a blog item saying the poll showed the race was "narrowing," comparing it to a June survey, conducted by a different company, that gave Brown a 20-point lead over Newsom. The item was quickly picked up and posted by Rough & Tumble, California's premier political news aggregator.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Rick Santorum is within striking distance of Mitt Romney in Arizona, a state that was considered reliable Romney territory just weeks ago, according to a new TIME/CNN poll. Thirty-six percent of likely Republican voters back Romney while 32% support Santorum. The poll, which was conducted Sunday through Monday, has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points, meaning the two candidates are in a statistical dead heat. Newt Gingrich ranks third with 18% support, followed by Ron Paul with 6%. It is the second poll this week to find Romney and Santorum running neck-and-neck in Arizona, with just one week before Arizona's GOP presidential primary.
NEWS
December 23, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Although President Obama still enjoys higher job approval ratings from Latinos than he does from the public at large, a new Ipsos-Telemundo poll shows the president's support among Latinos continues to decline. A majority - 56% -- said in late November and early December that they approve of how the president is handling his job. By comparison, 86% of Latinos approved of Obama in April 2009, and 62% approved in June. According to an Ipsos analysis of the poll, the results “suggest that while President Obama's approval has been dropping since he took office, the disillusion among Latinos is more pronounced than among the general public.” The six-percentage-point drop since June is double the drop among the public at large, according to the poll.
SPORTS
May 18, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The Miami Heat could be in big trouble. Just a couple days ago, the team was the overwhelming favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals and perhaps finally give superstar LeBron James his first championship ring. Now the Heat trails the Indiana Pacers, two games to one, in the conference semifinals after a 94-75 loss Thursday night. That game also included a sideline confrontation between Coach Eric Spoelstra and star guard Dwyane Wade, who was in the midst of one of his worst-ever playoff games (five points on two-of-13 shooting)
NATIONAL
September 29, 2009 | David G. Savage
Facebook, the popular social networking website, moved quickly Monday to take down a member's poll asking if President Obama should be assassinated. The question, "Should Obama be killed?" had received 730 responses since its posting on Saturday. The four possible answers: Yes. Maybe. If he cuts my healthcare. No. The Secret Service launched an investigation into the threat against the president. A Facebook spokesman said the Palo Alto-based company was not aware of the poll until early Monday morning and did not know who posted it or who responded to it. "At this time, we don't know," said Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for policy.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
How much is it worth to you to get through airport security faster? Most people would pay about $50, according to a Harris Poll released Thursday. Unfortunately for those folks, the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which allows expedited screening for prequalified passengers, charges $85 for five years of "fast pass" screening. The misapprehension may stem from this finding: 41% of respondents said they had never heard of PreCheck. Those are among the notions about the TSA and its procedures and programs that the survey of 2,234 adults revealed.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people have signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Huntington Beach is No. 1, Loyola No. 2 and JSerra No. 3 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 baseball coaches' poll. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Huntington Beach is No. 1, Corona del Mar No. 2 and Redondo No. 3 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 volleyball coaches' poll. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Corona Santiago is No. 1, Esperanza No. 2 and Garden Grove Pacifica No. 3 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball poll. Here's the link to complete rankings. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of "The Social Network," David Fincher's drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, the director emerged as the front-runner to bring the story of another tech giant to the big screen: Apple founder Steve Jobs. Now the Hollywood Reporter says Sony Pictures is looking to replace Fincher at the helm of its highly anticipated Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography "Steve Jobs" with a script by "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 60% of registered voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's job performance, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Field Poll found that Brown has a 59% approval rating among registered voters -- the highest marks the poll has found for the governor in this current term. Of those surveyed, 32% disapproved of the governor, while 9% of respondents had no opinion. The poll provides good news for Brown's reelection bid: 57% of voters said they would support the governor if the June primary election were held now. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks came in second with 17%. Among other Republican contenders, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari received the support of 3% and 2%, respectively, of the voters.  Overall, 20% of voters are undecided in the June primary; that is even more pronounced among Republicans, 38% of whom have no opinion on the four main candidates.
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