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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office, the city's voters are deeply split over his tumultuous eight-year tenure, according to a new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll. Villaraigosa will turn over the reins of the city Sunday night to Eric Garcetti in a markedly different environment from the euphoric one that greeted him in 2005, when he was elected the first Latino mayor in the city's modern history. He came into office with soaring marks - nearly two-thirds of the city's voters viewed him favorably.
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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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OPINION
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
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.
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.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By David Lauter
Rick Santorum won the lion's share of voters in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi who said it was very important to them that the Republican candidate share their religious beliefs. Except the leading candidates don't, at least not in traditional terms. Santorum, like Newt Gingrich, is a Catholic; the vast majority of Republican voters in both of the two Deep South states are evangelical Protestants. Once, not that many years ago, such differences mattered greatly.
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
April 13, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The White House's proposed "Buffett Rule" looks like a political winner, at least for now. A new Gallup poll finds that six in 10 Americans support the idea of a law that would require households that earn $1 million or more a year to pay a minimum 30% tax rate, as President Obama has called for. Thirty-seven percent are opposed. Three out of four Democrats favor the plan, while Republicans are split 43% for and 54% against. Among independent voters, 63% back the idea, while 33% oppose it. Last September, Obama called for tax reform that would, in part, ensure that the middle class did not have a higher tax burden than "millionaires and billionaires.
NEWS
September 26, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
When asked about gay marriage at the ballot box, Americans in states across the country have gone to the polls 32 times since 1998 and voted against it. They'll have the choice to vote on the issue again in November in four states, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, but this time around, advocates for gay marriage are hoping voters will choose differently. After all, President Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage in May, and the NAACP followed by endorsing same-sex marriage a few days later.
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.
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
 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.
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  
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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