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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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SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Harvard-Westlake (Division 1), Temecula Valley (Division 2), Gahr (Division 3), Kaiser (Division 4), Oak Hills (Division 5), Crean Lutheran (Division 6) and Santa Clarita Christian (Division 7) hold down the No. 1 spots in this week's Southern Section baseball polls. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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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.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Democrats favor granting a permit for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The $5.3-billion pipeline, which would ship oil from Hardisty, Canada, to Steele City, Neb., has undergone five years of reviews to get a presidential permit needed for infrastructure projects that cross a United States border. Environmentalists and some major Democratic donors and activists have opposed the pipeline, contending it would worsen greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A majority of voters want the California bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money, even as state political leaders have struggled to bolster public support and make key compromises to satisfy critics, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found. Statewide, 52% of the respondents said the $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph should be halted. Just 43% said it should go forward. The poll also shows that cracks in voter support are extending to some traditional allies, such as Los Angeles-area Democrats, who have embraced the concept of high-speed rail as a solution to the state's transportation problems.
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)
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
In a sport that isn't lightning fast to begin with, Kevin Na has earned a reputation as one of the slowest players on the PGA Tour. His glacial pace at the Valspar Championship over the weekend has revived calls for golf to institute a basketball-like shot clock. Don't look for Na -- who was cited for pace of play during the third round -- to support a change.  "I got criticized but I really don't think it's fair," he said after the tournament. "I was just playing my game.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Well, the NCAA bracket came out Sunday night for the men's basketball tournament starting this week. Have you filled out yours yet? Can we have a peek at your Final Four? How many No. 1 seeds have you got in there? MARCH MADNESS: Fill out your bracket Surely you have Wichita State - the top seed in the Midwest Regional which made the Final Four last year and is the only undefeated team in this year's tournament. Or are the Shockers your upset special? After all, they didn't play a particularly tough schedule and may have to get through Michigan, Duke and Louisville - not to mention a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky - just to get to the national semifinals in Arlington, Texas.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
PEREVALNE, Ukraine - Crimean voters went to the polls Sunday to decide whether to end their decades-long ties to Ukraine in a referendum rejected as illegal by the nation's leaders in Kiev and most Western powers. Balloting was being carried out under the watchful eyes of Russian forces and pro-Russia militia who largely seized control of the peninsula late last month. “The referendum will pass the way the Crimean people choose and it will be inexorable and categorical,” Sergei Aksenov, the region's new pro-Russia premier, wrote Sunday in his Twitter account before the polls opened.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Most Americans support increasing the federal minimum wage, a top priority of President Obama, but not if it would cost the economy jobs, according to a new national poll. About 69% of respondents in the Bloomberg National Poll said they favored hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years from $7.25, with 28% opposing it. But their views changed when told of a recent government estimate of the effects of such an increase on poverty and employment, according to findings from the poll released Tuesday.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Maeve Reston, A clarification has been added to this post. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The rallying cry at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference here last week was that President Obama had failed to show strength on foreign policy, but a new CNN poll found that even among Republicans, few support U.S. military involvement -- or even military assistance -- in the Ukraine crisis. A plurality of respondents (48%) approved of Obama's handling of the situation in Ukraine, the poll found. That figure was higher than the president's overall job-approval rating, which has hovered in the low 40s. Russia has sent troops into the Crimean peninsula and encouraged what Obama has called an “illegal” referendum on March 16 that is to decide whether Crimea secedes from Ukraine to become part of Russia.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points. The results were announced Saturday night as 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference by arguing that an American "awakening" had begun due to the botched rollout of the President's healthcare law and what she called his "dopey wobbling on the world stage.
OPINION
March 8, 2014
Re "How do Americans see Cuba?," Opinion, March 6 Robyn Wapner is wrong to define the recent Atlantic Council survey of American opinions on Cuba as "one survey, one snapshot of public opinion, and one that appears to have had an agenda. " There have been a number of similar polls in recent years, and they all come up with strikingly similar results. The Atlantic Council poll results in 2014 show that 60% of Americans "want all economic restrictions lifted. " A 2012 poll by Angus-Reid of more than 1,000 Americans found that 62% wanted diplomatic relations reestablished.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES - For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House. For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural; that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.
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