December 13, 2013 |
Californians' view of organized labor has soured over the past two and a half years: 45% of those surveyed in a poll released Friday said unions do more harm than good, up from 35% in a March 2011 reading. The results of the independent Field Poll showed a stark shift in public opinion in California, long a labor union stronghold. Even those who identify as Democrats or have union affiliations reported their views on labor unions taking a turn for the worse. The poll of 1,002 registered voters was conducted between Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 and also found that recent public transit worker strikes in the Bay Area, which disrupted commuters' workdays, affected the public's opinion. Statewide, 47% of voters said public transit workers should be allowed to strike versus 44% who said they should not. "Voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area...
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December 12, 2013 |
California is a great place to live -- at least liberals and folks living along the coast think so. For conservatives and people living in the Central Valley? Not so much. A new Field Poll released Thursday shows that Californians' perceptions about living in the Golden State are fractured along political, geographic and generational boundaries. When Democrats were asked to rate California as a place to live, 53% said it was “one of the best places," another 26% agreed it was “nice, but not outstanding” and 21% called it about average or poor.
December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama can't yet claim to have turned a corner, but he does seem to have stopped a politically damaging slide in public approval for himself and his new healthcare law, new polling data indicate. After seven months of steady decline, public approval of Obama's job performance has ticked upward, according to a new Pew Research Center survey . The poll finds 45% of Americans approve of Obama's work and 49% disapprove. That's the highest approval and closest margin since mid-summer, when the president's ratings first turned negative.
December 6, 2013 |
The United States not only was placed in what most experts are calling the toughest group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the Americans will have an extra burden of logging the most miles -- nearly 9,000 -- during travel to their three games. The U.S. will open Group G play on June 16 against World Cup nemesis Ghana, a team that has eliminated the Americans from play in the last two tournaments. Then come matches against European powers Portugal on June 22 and Germany on June 26. Neighboring Mexico didn't get placed in a much easier pool, joining Group A with host Brazil, African power Cameroon and European power Croatia.
December 4, 2013 |
Members of the huge millennial generation, who have strongly supported President Obama in the past, have soured on him and take a skeptical view of his signature healthcare law, according to a new poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics. “Millennials have always been one of two significant parts of the Obama coalition,” said John Della Volpe, the institute's polling director. Throughout Obama's national political career, members of the millennial generation gave him a significantly higher approval rating than the rest of the population, he said.
December 3, 2013 |
Former USC assistant coach and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is now the man in charge of the Trojans football program. Popular interim coach Ed Orgeron is gone. That all went done Monday, obviously an emotional day for everyone involved with the program. PHOTOS: Steve Sarkisian through the years Many fans were upset that Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record after taking over for Lane Kiffin earlier this season, didn't become the permanent coach (see the comment section of any of The Times' USC stories over the last 24 hours for evidence)
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A poll sponsored by a liberal group found that a plurality of Americans supported the interim nuclear deal with Iran, 34% to 22%, and 41% had no opinion on the complex agreement. The poll, conducted by Hart Research for the advocacy group Americans United for Change, found that after a sample group was read a description of the deal, 63% favored it and 24% were opposed. The remaining 13% were undecided. The survey showed a majority wants Congress to refrain from imposing new economic sanctions on the Iranians over the next six months as six world powers and Iran try to work out a long-term deal to ensure that Tehran's nuclear program is limited to nonmilitary purposes.
December 1, 2013 |
There's something missing at the top of this week's college football polls: Alabama. Auburn's stunning, last-play victory over the two-time defending national champion has reshaped the last week of the season. Florida State and Ohio State, the last two undefeated teams among national title contenders, moved to No. 1 and No. 2 in Sunday's major polls. The new top five in the USA Today coaches' and Associated Press writers' poll is Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama and Missouri.
November 28, 2013 |
Even before piling their plates high on Thanksgiving, Americans have been eating worse than in previous years, according to a newly released poll of more than 150,000 adults. Every day, Gallup and the health improvement company Healthways ask hundreds of Americans whether they ate healthy the day before. Healthy eating usually rises and falls month by month, with Americans eating a little worse in spring, better in late summer and much worse around November and December. (Shocking, we know.)
November 27, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus has relentlessly twerked her way into the zeitgeist -- and maybe even our hearts. And now she could be Time magazine's person of the year for 2013. Time will soon unveil its pick, but the singer is currently leading the reader poll of the person who "most influenced the news this year for better or worse. " As of Wednesday, Cyrus had 28% of the vote. In comparison, Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, is currently in second place with just 13.7% of votes.