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July 3, 2010 | James Rainey
Virtually every single American supports the Arizona crackdown on illegal aliens. Half of the country believes President Obama's immigration policy exposes him as "the most divisive, partisan, anti-American president in history." These fun factoids come to us courtesy of the world of online insta-polls. Click in your vote. Press on results. And voila — since you're likely visiting a site patronized by your ideological doppelgangers — your world-view reigns supreme! These Internet surveys sometimes acknowledge how unscientific (read: meaningless)
November 19, 1991
Esperanza earned six of seven first-place votes to become the county's mythical champion in the final Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. prep football poll. Esperanza is the fifth school in the past six years to finish the season as the top-ranked team. Esperanza follows Mission Viejo (1990), Capistrano Valley (1989), Mission Viejo (1988), Bolsa Grande (1987) and El Toro (1986). The writers' poll: Pos. School (League) Record 1. Esperanza (Empire) 10-0 2. Mater Dei (Angelus) 9-1 3.
February 25, 1988
In regard to your editorial "Order at the Polls" (Feb. 9), it seems to me that HR 435, which you call the "best idea," is more complicated than necessary, especially in requiring a change in daylight-saving time every four years in the Pacific time zone. It is also unfair to the people who live in the mountain time zone. The simplest way to insure that results of the election in the eastern time zones are not prematurely published is to allow the polls in all states to close at their regular times, but to forbid the publication or disclosure of results of any precinct before 8 p.m. Pacific time.
May 21, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Voters Tuesday trickled into St. Paul's Presbysterian church in South L.A. to cast their ballots after a torrent of campaign advertisements and  record-breaking spending in the race for mayor of Los Angeles.  Many arrived with firm opinions and researched notes in hand. Beverly Galloway, 72, of Baldwin Vista said she voted for Wendy Greuel. "I felt that she was honest, a leader that can't be dictated to,” Galloway said. “I watched the debates, and I was impressed. " PHOTOS: L.A. voters head to the polls Forrest Jackson, 68, of Baldwin Hills, also said he voted for Wendy Greuel.
June 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After Apple unveiled the new look of its iOS 7 mobile operating system earlier this month, many in the design world criticized the platform. But a series of online polls this week show many users like the icons featured in the upcoming operating system more than those in iOS 6. The polling service Polar is hosting a series of polls comparing icons on iOS 6 with their iOS 7 counterparts. In most of the polls, users are choosing the new operating system, and when votes from all of the polls are added up together, more go for iOS 7. Out of the 289,000 votes cast so far, 66% favor iOS 7 icons, according to Polar.
February 16, 2007
Re "The truth about us" and "Confessions of an ex-pollster," Current, Feb. 11 Editors and historians who believe in "scientific" polls should ask themselves (and perhaps 20 friends) if in the last 20 years they chose to "only stay on the phone 15, 20, maybe 25 minutes" for a pollster. Most people we know have never participated in a Gallup, Roper or any other poll, nor have their TV watching habits been monitored. What the Op-Ed page needs is an honest account of how small-sample statistics theory and deliberately skewed sampling have undermined the usefulness of proper polling practice.
May 21, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles voters head to the polls today after record-breaking spending on a crush of campaign advertisements and mailers, as well as a torrent of appeals and attacks. Despite the tens of millions of dollars spent on the mayor's race, pundits expect dismal voter turnout . A Times analysis of the electorate shows that city races are likely to be decided by an electorate that is older and whiter than the city's population. FULL COVERAGE: L.A. mayor's race In the final hours before voters headed to the polls, mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti skittered around the city pressing the flesh, kissing babies and making their closing pitch to voters, starting at dawn Monday greeting longshoremen and commuters, and not finishing until well after sunset.
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate  representing an Inland Empire district. Five candidates are competing in Tuesday's 23rd District primary contest to fill the seat vacated by the abrupt resignation of Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands). The race features two Republican candidates: Assemblyman Mike Morrell of Rancho Cucamonga and San Jacinto Mayor Pro Tem Crystal Ruiz. Democrats running in the race are educator/author Ronald J. O'Donnell of Highland and government consultant Ameenah Fuller of Rancho Cucamonga, while Calimesa City Councilman Jeff Hewitt is a Libertarian candidate.
October 27, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is able to claim the front-runner status in the four early states to choose the GOP presidential candidate, according to the latest polls, but the real question is whether he can coax the large number of tepid Republicans into his camp. Throughout this GOP electoral season, Romney has been at the top or near the top in almost every major poll, but his plurality has never been large enough to drive out the competition. Seemingly at every turn, factions in his party have been able to push forward an “Anybody But Mitt,” candidate, whether it be businessman Donald Trump, conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann or governors including Rick Perry, Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels.
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