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June 2014

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that most Californians say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives. The Hill also covered the story.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found California voters have strong reservations about Gov. Jerry Brown, despite his high approval numbers. His handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California's drought all received low overall grades. The story was also covered by NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV.

Reuters featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most California voters feel the state's drought is a major problem or crisis, but few say it has personally affected them to any degree.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most California voters feel the state's drought is a major problem or crisis, but few say it has personally affected them to any degree. While there is wide support for water projects, only 36 percent of voters want to spend taxpayer dollars on them. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Tea Party voters were included among Neel Kashkari's supporters.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari gained favorability as election day neared. The poll was also cited by another story in Los Angeles Times and NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari are running neck-and-neck. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Kerstyn Olson, interim director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the poll. The poll was also cited in another story in Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, KPCC-FM, KCRW-FM, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, LA Weekly in two stories (second link here), Capital Public Radio and Sacramento Business.

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters say paying down debt is the best use of California's reserve funds. The poll also found 68 percent of voters attribute recent corruption scandals to "a few bad apples" rather than a systemic problem. The poll found 58 percent of voters approve of the job Gov. Jerry Brown is doing, and 50 percent would vote for him if the election for governor was held today. Another story reported on the flagging popularity of gubernatorial GOP candidate Tim Donnelly, who is neck-and-neck with opponent Neel Kashkari. A story cited the poll results and the race between the two Republican candidates. The poll was also covered by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Politico in two stories (second link here), Fox News, Associated Press in two stories (second link here), KPCC-FM, The Hill, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, NPR News San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM, KCRW-FM, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee.

 

March 2014

Fox News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of voters would not support the California bullet train project if given the chance to vote on it again.

 

February 2014

The Wall Street Journal cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 70 percent of California voters want a referendum on a proposed high-speed rail line.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of California voters would turn down a high-speed rail proposal for California if given the opportunity to vote again.

 

January 2014

San Jose Mercury News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding a 55 percent job-approval rating for Gov. Jerry Brown.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that most inland California residents oppose a proposed bullet train.

 

December 2013

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that two-thirds of Latinos in California back Covered California.

KQED-FM cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more than half of Californian voters generally approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's performance in office.

 

November 2013

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that fewer than a third of California voters said they planned to vote for Gov. Jerry Brown next year.

MSNBC cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California Republicans are struggling to compete for younger and minority voters.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding the demographics of the California Republican Party.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California Latinos were far more likely to be Democrats than Republicans.

KPCC-FM cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that among California voters under 50, just one in five votes with the GOP.

The Washington Post featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that more than half of Californian voters surveyed approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's job as governor – but only 32 percent are inclined to vote for him if he seeks a fourth term. Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who said Brown had made less effort to reach out to the public than any governor in a quarter century: "Because Brown has maintained such a relatively low profile, voters don't have strong feelings about him." The poll also found Californians have mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act, and that there are splits between white and Latino voters over several different issues, including a law allowing immigrants without legal status to obtain driver's licenses and practice law. The poll was also covered in another story by Los Angeles Times, NPR, National Journal, Sacramento Bee, Reason, MinnPost, California Healthline, Visalia Times-Delta and LA Weekly.

CNBC cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more Californians oppose the bullet train than support it.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more Californians oppose new offshore oil drilling than support it.

 

October 2013

Fox and Hounds Daily covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that most Californians support Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal on how to change water transportation in the state, but don't want to pay for it.

Los Angeles Times quoted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that only 19 percent of Californians oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

LA Weekly covered a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 70 percent of California voters want to see the high-speed rail project back on the ballot.

KPCC-FM featured a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters are supportive of proposals to reform the state’s water supply system. “The challenge for the governor and the legislature is to convince voters that these reforms are not helpful, but necessary,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

 

September 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found Californians value reform of the state’s water supply system, but not enough to spend billions of dollars in ratepayer and taxpayer funding. On a state water bond, prison-reform and a high-speed rail project, “voters have very clear concerns and want to see something done — until they see the price tag,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Los Angeles Times also reported that 70 percent of voters want the high-speed rail project back on the ballot, up from 55 percent last year. The poll was also covered by Associated Press, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, LAist, and KMJ-AM.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to cut California’s prison population has wide public support. Fifty-eight percent of registered voters backed Brown’s plan to expand mental health and drug treatment programs. Support was stronger among Democrats, but 51 percent of Republicans were also in favor. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM.

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 58 percent of California voters support a moratorium on fracking.

Santa Barbara Independent cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 58 percent of California residents favored a moratorium on fracking.

 

August 2013

Los Angeles Times mentioned a USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll that said three of every four Republican voters in California supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

 

June 2013

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times poll about support among California voters for gay marriage.

ABC News Salinas, Calif., affiliate KSBW-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that Californians are becoming more tolerant of same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on how California voters feel about prison crowding.

Azteca America cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that a majority of California voters support same-sex marriage. The poll was also cited by Univision San Diego affiliate KBNT-CD, The Advocate and Notimex (Mexico).

KCET-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 45 percent of California voters oppose fracking.

Fox News San Diego affiliate KSWB-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on the impact of fracking in California.

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, finding that six in 10 California voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal. There has been a dramatic shift among voters 65 and older, who are now almost evenly divided over the issue (46 percent in favor, 47 percent against). Three years ago, seniors opposed gay marriage by 19 percentage points, the story said. Los Angeles Times also reported the poll found California voters were willing to take bigger steps to reduce prison crowding, including early release of nonviolent offenders. At the same time, they don’t want to sacrifice public safety. Capital Public Radio also cited the poll.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that more than 70 percent of California voters favor banning or heavily regulating fracking. “Voters are suspicious of fracking,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The story included a USC Dornsife video about the polls. Los Angeles Times ran a live chat on the findings. The poll also found voters split about evenly on a proposal to allow transgender students to participate in sports and use bathrooms in public schools based on their gender identity. The poll was also covered by The Huffington Post.

Los Angeles Times covered a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 49 percent of California voters think the economy is starting to improve, up three percentage points from the last poll in March. “They might not be satisfied with where the state is right now, but they’re increasingly optimistic,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll also found that 59 percent of voters support increasing the number of online classes at public universities to make education more accessible. The poll also found more voters favor preserving quality at public universities rather than lowering tuition.

 

May 2013

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding online data collection, and quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about voters’ perceptions of Silicon Valley companies.

 

April 2013

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding attitudes on gun control.

 

March 2013

Daily Democrat cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which Californians showed strong support for strict gun control measures.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. KPCC-FM also cited the poll.

Fox News Santa Maria, Calif., affiliate KKFX-CA highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. La Opinion also cited the poll.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that Californians have closer contact with illegal immigrants than the rest of the country, “so the lives they live every day and the people they see are probably the main reason that their feelings are different than their national counterparts.” Los Angeles Times reported that only 19 percent of voters said illegal immigrants should be deported. The poll also found that voters are hesitant to embrace Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shift money from rich schools to poor ones, and that 30 percent of voters approve of the job the California legislature is doing. The poll was also cited by two more Los Angeles Times stories (second link here), two United Press International stories (second link here), The Sacramento Bee, KQED-FM, Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, L.A. Observed, L.A. Weekly, The Bulletin and Fox News Fresno, Calif., affiliate KMPH-TV.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which Californians showed strong support for strict gun control measures, including background checks and tougher penalties for illegal purchases. Nine out of 10 gun owners and a slightly higher percentage of non-owners favored background checks for all gun purchases, a position shared by 87 percent of conservatives and 96 percent of liberals. Los Angeles Times hosted a live chat about the poll results. The poll was also covered by L.A. Observed.

 

November 2012

L.A. Weekly cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that, if given the chance to vote on it again, a majority of California voters would turn down the high-speed rail project.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the passage of Proposition 30, noting that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found 46 percent of California voters in support of the measure.

San Francisco Chronicle cited the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding Californian voters’ support for marijuana legalization.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding support for Proposition 34, which would have ended the death penalty in California. L.A. Weekly also cited the poll.

Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which showed President Obama ahead by 14 points in California. KQED-FM and L.A. Weekly cited the poll results regarding support for Proposition 37.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about competition between Proposition 30 and Proposition 38. Jeffe cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 46 percent of California voters support Proposition 30. USA Today and Jewish Journal also cited the poll.

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to pass Proposition 30. Schnur wrote that the governor’s support of California’s high-speed rail project undermines his appearance of fiscal concern. A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found that 60 percent of voters would oppose the rail project if they voted on it today; support of Proposition 30 has dropped nine points in the last month and almost 20 points since spring.

 

October 2012

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that negative ads have eroded support for a proposition requiring labeling of genetically modified food. Los Angeles Times cited the poll and quoted John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute about slipping support for Proposition 30. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and San Jose Mercury News.

Reuters highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 has dropped to 46 percent. “Jerry Brown has successfully convinced Californians that putting additional money into public schools is a good thing, but he has not yet convinced them that the state government can spend the money effectively,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was covered by another Reuters story, KPCC-FM, NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM and The Salinas Californian.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that President Obama’s support in California has dropped since 2008. Obama’s lead in that year was 24 points over Sen. John McCain; his lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney is 14 points. In May 2012, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll indicated that Obama’s support among “decline to state” voters was 58 percent to 34 percent. The recent poll also found that only 46 percent of California voters support Proposition 30; that 63 percent of voters support changing California’s “three strikes” law; that 46 percent of voters oppose Proposition 32, which would change California’s campaign finance system; and that the fight over Proposition 37, which would regulate labeling on genetically modified foods, was in a dead heat. Los Angeles Times also reported that the poll found only 46 percent of California voters today would support Proposition 187, a 1994 measure that would have barred illegal immigrants from public schools and hospitals. “Californians seem to be sending a message to the federal government that reasonable people ought to be able to find a solution to this problem, somewhere in between the ideological opposites of amnesty and self-deportation,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was also covered by Press Trust of India (India), Reuters, United Press International, The Atlantic, two San Francisco Chronicle stories (second link here), The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The Sacramento Bee, KPCC-FM, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, The Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise, Hispanic Business and CBS News Santa Maria, Calif., affiliate KCOY-TV.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which stood at 64 percent in March, has dropped to 46 percent. Los Angeles Times ran stories about the poll’s results on Proposition 30’s waning support when compared with rival Proposition 38; on Proposition 37, a labeling initiative for genetically engineered food; and on Proposition 34 and Californians’ support for ending the death penalty. The poll found that being listed at the bottom of the ballot may not be an automatic death sentence for candidates and initiatives. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and KPCC-FM.

Los Angeles Times ran several stories on the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 has lost support among California voters. Support dropped among Democrats, young voters, public employees, and voters with children. Total support stands at 46 percent. The poll found that Proposition 30 has experienced opposition from both major parties.The poll also found that 44 percent of voters support Proposition 37, while 42 percent are opposed. The poll found that 66 percent of voters support a proposition modifying California’s “three strikes” law, while only 38 percent support a proposition replacing the state death penalty with life without parole. The survey found that 53 percent of voters support Sen. Diane Feinstein for reelection, while only 38 percent support Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken. The poll was featured by another Los Angeles Times story, Time, The Weekly Standard, KPCC-FM, The Fresno Bee and East Bay Express.

The Wrap cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 44 percent of California voters oppose Proposition 32.

The Huffington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 44 percent of voters are apposed to Proposition 32.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of Californian voters support Proposition 30, with very strong support among voters aged 19 to 29. Reuters reported that the poll found 66 percent of voters favoring Proposition 36.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has slipped.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found a slim majority of California voters supporting Proposition 39. NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV cited the poll finding that 55 percent of voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Proposition 39 is supported by 51 percent of registered voters. The Sacramento Bee reported that the poll found wide support for a proposition on labeling genetically modified foods. The poll was also cited by a second story in The Sacramento Bee, The Seattle Times, Advertising Age and Statesman Journal.

The Wall Street Journal cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Proposition 32, which would limit political spending by unions and corporations, is trailing by eight points. KPCC-FM cited the poll, noting that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative slipped to 54 percent.

The New York Times highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 44 percent of California voters oppose Proposition 32, an initiative affecting fundraising by unions and corporations. Another 36 percent supported it, and 19 percent were undecided. Los Angeles Times cited the poll, which found that Proposition 34 — which would end the death penalty in California — is losing 38 percent to 51 percent.

 

September 2012

Los Angeles Times reported that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative still has a majority of support among California voters, though that support is slipping. United Press International featured the poll, which found that a majority of California voters favor a change to the state’s “three strikes” sentencing law. Sixty-six percent of voters support Proposition 36, which softens the law. The poll found that only 38 percent support ending the death penalty. The poll was also covered by two stories in The Sacramento Bee (second link here) and Fox News San Diego affiliate KSWB-TV.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a ballot measure to replace California’s death penalty with life without parole has low support among voters. Fifty-one percent opposed Proposition 34, while 38 percent favored it. Los Angeles Times reported that the poll found strong support for a measure easing California’s “three strikes” sentencing law. Proposition 36 was supported by 66 percent of voters, with 20 percent opposed and 14 percent undecided or not answering. KPCC-FM reported that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30, has slipped, though a majority of voters still support it. The poll was also covered by McClatchy Newspapers.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that support for Proposition 30 has dropped to 55 percent, from 59 percent in May. Democrats still largely favor the proposition, which would raise taxes on high earners for seven years and boost the state sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years. A strong opposition campaign could sink the measure, but Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that the “biggest question now is whether the opposition will have the money to get their argument heard.” Additional Los Angeles Times stories reported that voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s reforms to the state pension system, and a majority favor an initiative requiring special labeling for genetically modified foods. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and CBS News.

 

July 2012

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 59 percent of California voters would vote against the high-speed rail project if given the chance to revisit it. Xinhua News Agency (China) also cited the poll.

The Columbus Dispatch mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 55 percent of Californians would vote against the state high-speed rail project if given another chance.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 59 percent of Californians would vote against a state high-speed rail project if given the chance to vote again. The story quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on the subject.

 

June 2012

Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters would oppose a high-speed rail plan if given another chance to vote on it.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 83 percent of California voters approved of Controller John Chiang docking legislators’ pay during budget disputes last year.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found President Obama leading Mitt Romney among California voters 56 percent to 37 percent. The poll was also covered by National Journal.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and local political issues.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of Californians would vote against a proposed high-speed rail project if they had the chance to vote on it again. Associated Press reported that since the project’s approval, its estimated cost has nearly doubled. The poll was also covered by Politico, The Washington Examiner, The Orange County Register, Talking Points Memo, L.A. Weekly, Sacramento Business Journal and Contra Costa Times.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which 59 percent of voters said they would vote against the 2008 bond measure funding a high-speed rail project in California. Sixty-nine percent of Californians said they would never or hardly ever use the service. The poll was also covered by Bloomberg News, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, KPCC-FM, The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily News.

 

May 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support doctor-recommended marijuana for severe illness, but only 46 percent support marijuana legalization for general or recreational use. Los Angeles Times reported that the poll found 62 percent of voters support a new tobacco tax initiative. The poll was also covered by The Washington Post in an Associated Press story, Notimex (Mexico), two Los Angeles Times blog posts (second link here), Politico, The Huffington Post and L.A. Weekly.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters still support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike proposal, despite increasing wariness over how the state would use that money. The poll reported that 59 percent of those surveyed would support the hikes, and that 36 percent opposed. When voters heard arguments against the plan — such as a suggestion that the state might waste the funds — support fell to 50 percent, and opposition rose to 42 percent. The poll was also covered by Press Trust of India (India), The Daily Beast and L.A. Weekly.

Los Angeles Times reported on USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll results finding that President Obama has a wide lead among California voters in a broad range of demographics. The poll found him leading 56 percent to Mitt Romney’s 37 percent. The poll questioned 1,002 California voters from May 17-21 with a 3.5 percent margin of error in either direction. Obama was said to better handle the economy and jobs better than Romney (50 percent to 37 percent) the deficit (45 percent to 34 percent) and taxes (49 percent to 34 percent). Another Los Angeles Times story cited the poll, finding that Romney was losing the Latino vote to Obama 74 percent to 18 percent. The poll’s findings were also reported by CNN, Politico and RTT News.

 

April 2012

CNN covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that e-reader owners still like paper books. CBS News Colorado Springs, Colo., affiliate KKTV-TV also covered the poll.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that e-reader owners still like paper books. Only 10 percent of e-reader owners said they had abandoned traditional books. The poll also found that young adults aged 18 to 29 read roughly as much as older adults, and that 20 percent of the respondents read for more than 10 hours a week.

Pasadena Star-News mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 39 percent of California voters believe the state’s economy has bottomed out.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 68 percent of California voters favored the cigarette tax increase measure Proposition 29, while 29 percent opposed it. The Modesto Bee cited the poll, noting that 39 percent of California voters believe the state’s economy is beginning to improve, while 33 percent think it has yet to hit bottom.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that the majority of Californians worry about data collected on the Internet and by smart phone companies. Poll respondents were asked to rate how much they trusted six tech companies with their personal information, using a scale of zero to 10. No company scored above five. A quarter of respondents worried that data was being collected without their knowledge. Los Angeles Times reported that 65 percent of respondents think tech businesses are more economically important to California than entertainment businesses. The poll was also covered by a third Los Angeles Times story, CNN, MSNBC, San Francisco Chronicle and Asian News International.

 

March 2012

The Korea Times (South Korea) mentioned USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll results regarding approval of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that only 32 percent of California voters favor attorney Molly Munger’s tax initiative.

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll finding that a narrow majority of California voters support a ballot initiative to reform term limits. About 51 percent of voters favor Proposition 28, which would shorten the term limits for legislators but allow them to spend their entire tenure in one legislative house. The Orange County Register ran an editorial on the poll finding that a majority of California voters would be okay with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. Sixty-four percent of respondents approved of it. The poll was also covered by Associated Press (more stories here and here), UPI, Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, LA Weekly and Talking Points Memo.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that nearly two-thirds of California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative. Sixty-four percent said they favored the measure, which would include a tax hike on millionaires as well as an increased sales tax. “It appears the governor has pulled off something of a political coup,” Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, told KPCC-FM. Talking Points Memo reported that the poll found 57 percent of California voters would prefer President Obama, while only 36 percent would vote for Mitt Romney. The poll was also covered by Capital Public Radio and The Daily Beast.

The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding Mitt Romney had a 19 percentage-point lead over Rick Santorum. Los Angeles Times featured the poll, noting that 42 percent of Californian Republicans favored Romney — an uptick of 15 points since the November 2011 poll. The poll also found that nearly six in 10 voters approved of President Obama’s job performance, an increase of seven points since November. The poll found 62 percent had a favorable impression of Obama; 73 percent of Latinos had a favorable impression of him. Nearly two-thirds of voters disapproved of Obama’s handling of gas prices. “Gasoline prices would probably have to hit $20 a gallon to put Obama in serious trouble here in California,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. Los Angeles Times reported that 64 percent of poll respondents support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative, which would raise funds through the sales tax and tax on upper-range incomes to benefit schools and balance the state budget. “These poll results illustrate that Brown was very smart to put together this initiative the way he did,” Schnur said. Los Angeles Times noted that California voters don’t blame public employees for the state’s pension problems and aren’t in a hurry to make cuts to the system. Another Los Angeles Times story reported that a narrow majority of California voters support an initiative to alter term limits.

 

January 2012

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Californian voters are willing to raise taxes to increase funding for public schools, and quoted Dominic Brewer of the USC Rossier School about California education policy.

NBC News’ “NBC Nightly News” cited the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 64 percent of Californians would pay higher taxes to benefit public schools.

NBC News Palm Springs, Calif., affiliate KMIR-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 64 percent of Californians would pay higher taxes to benefit public schools.

 

December 2011

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 64 percent of California voters favored raising taxes in order to better fund public schools.

Education Week cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 64 percent of state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to benefit public education. The Sacramento Bee and NBC News Salinas, Calif., affiliate KSBW-TV also cited the poll.

Associated Press cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found 64 percent of respondents would willingly pay higher taxes to benefit California’s public schools. The story also quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s ability to sway voters on tax measures.

 

November 2011

The New York Times reported USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll results finding that 64 percent of respondents would pay more taxes to benefit California’s public schools. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that the poll suggests voters are open to tax increases and reinforces the results of local elections. “Voters are a lot less reluctant to raise taxes when they are convinced that the money is going to be spent in their local community,” Schnur said.

Bay Area News Group mentioned a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding 64 percent of respondents would accept higher taxes to benefit public education.

McClatchy Newspapers mentioned a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll reporting 64 percent of voters would approve of higher taxes to benefit public schools.

The Fresno Bee mentioned a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding Republican voters ranked Herman Cain second among the GOP presidential hopefuls.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 52 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of charter schools.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 58 percent of California voters want value-added teacher evaluations to be made public. A second Los Angeles Times story cited the poll.

NBC News’ “NBC Nightly News” covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which surveyed 1,500 registered Californian voters about politics, state education and other topics. NPR also covered the poll.

The Hill reported on a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll that found Mitt Romney was the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primaries with 27 percent of respondents favoring him. The National Journal also reported the findings. The Sacramento Bee reported on the poll’s results on education, which found that a majority (64 percent) of Californian voters would be wiling to pay higher taxes to benefit public schools. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV also reported those findings.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 64 percent of Californian voters would be willing to higher taxes for public schools, even in a lagging economy. “Voters will pay more ... as long as they are confident the money will be spent in their own communities,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in USC Dornsife. Fifty-eight percent of respondents want teachers’ performance evaluations made public, Los Angeles Times reported. Los Angeles Times reported that 55 percent of voters oppose the DREAM Act, which permits undocumented students who meet certain requirements to receive taxpayer aid for college; 79 percent of Latinos approve of it, while only 30 percent of whites do. “There are not a lot of other issues on which there are such huge differences,” noted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity. The poll was also covered by three more Los Angeles Times stories (additional links here and here), Associated Press and BET.

 

October 2011

The Sacramento Bee mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

 

September 2011

San Jose Mercury News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support realignment of prison policies.

Hyphen cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Asian American voters were in favor of giving local governments the authority to raise taxes on specific items with a majority vote.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found that President Obama had expansive leads over the major Republican candidates.

Politico mentioned the Sept. 7 USC Dornsife/LA Times poll that indicated that President Obama’s approval ratings are down 50 percent from where they were a year ago.

Notimex (Mexico) featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding a strong lead over GOP presidential candidates. While Californians are concerned about the president’s economic policy, they haven’t found a Republican to support, said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was also covered by two more Notimex stories (second link here), three National Journal articles (additional links here and here), three Asian News International stories (additional links here and here), San Jose Mercury News and Ventura County Star.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians believe the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism and has struck the right balance between security measures and civil liberties. The poll also found that Rick Perry is tied with Mitt Romney among the state’s Republican voters, KPCC-FM reported. Romney tends to do better among the party’s female candidates, while Perry’s supporters skew more male, said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. L.A. Observed highlighted the poll and mentioned news reporting projects by USC Annenberg School students. The poll was also covered by Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, KQED-FM, The Bay Citizen, Pasadena Star-News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and L.A. Weekly.

Telegraph (U.K.) covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding a strong lead over GOP presidential candidates. “Californians have growing concerns about the state of the economy and the president’s performance on economic matters, but they don’t see anyone on the Republican side [whom] they are willing to support,” Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, told United Press International. The poll was also covered by Reuters, The Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Daily News and Monsters and Critics.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding an expansive lead over GOP presidential candidates. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney were tied at 22 percent among Republican voters, with Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann and other candidates trailing behind. The poll found that Californians are increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the county, and that Democratic voters want the president to stand up and fight for their priorities, Los Angeles Times reported. The poll was also covered by The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

 

August 2011

Contra Costa Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon’s fight against the new California Internet sales tax law.

The Fresno Bee cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters.

The Record cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

Knoxville News Sentinel cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 65 percent of California voters favored moving the state’s full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

San Jose Mercury News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding California voters’ feelings on the state budget process.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which surveyed Californians on their feelings about the economy and solutions to prison overcrowding.

The Fresno Bee cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state’s full- time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

North County Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state’s full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay. Daily Press also cited the poll.

 

July 2011

The Orange County Register cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters favor letting local governments place new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil. San Francisco Chronicle, two Capitol Weekly stories (second link here) and Good Morning Silicon Valley also cited the poll.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll in an opinion article about voters’ attitudes toward taxes and the early release of low-level, non-violent offenders as a cost-saving measure.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found a majority of Californians favored moving the state's full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

North County Times cited a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found a plurality of all Californians oppose a new law aimed at making more out-of-state online retailers collect sales tax.

Contra Costa Times cited a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found more than two-thirds of Californians support the early release of low-level, non-violent offenders as a means to reduce prison overcrowding.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases. The Californian also cited the findings.

Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that measured the state legislature’s approval rating at 25 percent.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found Californians are coping with hard times by cutting household expenses, skipping restaurant meals and forgoing home improvements.

The Washington Examiner cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that a majority of California voters supported a cap on pensions for current and future public employers.

La Opinion ran an op-ed that cited a 2010 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll showing that Latinos are greatly concerned about environmental issues, including climate change, air pollution and contamination of land and water.

The Bay Citizen covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Fox & Hounds Daily also ran two stories (second link here).

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters favor letting local governments place new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil. It is typical for nonsmokers to support taxes on cigarettes, noted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. “People support tax increases on others,” he noted. The poll also found that many Californians are cutting back on household spending and home improvements, Los Angeles Times reported. California homeowners are likely to make big sacrifices to hold on to their houses for a variety of reasons, even when they owe far more on their mortgages than the value of their properties, said Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. The poll was also featured by two more Los Angeles Times stories (second link here), The Fresno Bee, The Hill and Fox News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KTXL-TV.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which California voters found the budget approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers last month largely distasteful. “They’re not happy with level of spending cuts, but they’re not outraged,” Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, told Los Angeles Times. “But when you ask the voters in a broader sense: ‘Is this budget fair to you and to people like you?’ by a very large margins voters feel this is an unfair budget.” Voters were evenly divided on the state’s plan to take funds away from redevelopment agencies, Los Angeles Times reported. KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” interviewed Joe Domanick of the USC Annenberg School about the poll findings. The poll was also featured by Xinhua News Agency (China), National Journal, NPR San Francisco affiliate KALW-FM, Capital Public Radio and The Burbank Leader.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters would rather ease "third-strike" penalties for some criminals than dig deeper into their pockets to relieve prison overcrowding. The poll shows a clear shift in attitude by residents forced to confront the cost of tough sentencing laws passed in recent decades, the story reported. “Californians are most willing to allow nonviolent offenders either to be paroled or at the very least to be transferred to local and county facilities,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a second Los Angeles Times story. “They seem extremely willing to allow prisoners who are extremely ill or elderly or infirm to be released from prison if it’s judged that they are no longer a threat to society.” The poll also found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state's full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay, Los Angeles Times reported. The poll was also covered by Associated Press, Bloomberg News and KFI-AM’s “John and Ken.”

CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters supported renewing tax increases.

Daily Kos cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters supported renewing tax increases.

 

June 2011

Ventura County Star cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found in March that 48 percent of respondents believed California state spending had increased over the last three years. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

The Washington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that a majority of California voters supported Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to retain higher tax rates.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll regarding attitudes toward public employee benefits, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on the subject. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

 

May 2011

 

The New York Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which showed that Gov. Jerry Brown had a 44 approval rating.

The West Australian (Australia) covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot” and that 18 percent used an e-reader.

Paradise Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters supported an election to vote on tax increases.

Reuters cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the public employee pension issue.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that a majority of California voters supported a cap on pensions for current and future public employers. Reuters cited the poll and quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about California ballot proposals to overhaul public pensions. Education Week also cited the poll.

The Washington Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, regarding President Obama’s approval rating with California voters. Las Vegas Review-Journal cited the poll’s findings regarding attitudes toward state employee pensions.

The Sacramento Bee featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot.” The article also mentioned the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. L.A. Weekly also ran a story.

NBC News San Francisco affiliate KNTV-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which showed that many California voters were unaware of recent state budget cuts.

 

April 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot.”

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to ease the state’s financial problems. Another Los Angeles Times story highlighted the poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Darry Sragow of political science on voters’ feelings about higher taxes. Truthdig covered the poll and cited Neon Tommy, USC Annenberg School’s student-run online news outlet. The poll was also covered by a third Los Angeles Times article, Fox Business’ “Freedom Watch,” Reason, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, L.A. Observed, The Desert Sun, Daily Breeze, The Washington Times, Capitol Weekly, The Signal, and two Fox & Hounds Daily stories (second link here).

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters backed the idea of voting on tax increases to ease the state’s financial problems. The new poll was also covered by KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk,” two more KPCC-FM stories (additional links here and here), San Francisco Chronicle, The Examiner, The Huffington Post, Reason, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, San Jose Mercury News, ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV, East Bay Express, KCET-TV, Capital Public Radio, KQED-FM, KSRO-AM, CityWatch, three Fox & Hounds Daily stories (additional links here and here), The California Majority Report, Daily Kos, Voice of OC, two stories on NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV (second link here), and NBC News Bakersfield, Calif., affiliate KGET-TV.

Reuters featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to ease the state’s financial problems, and that they support renewing tax increases. The poll was also featured by United Press International, National Journal and NBC News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KCRA-TV.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters agree with Gov. Jerry Brown that tax increases should be used to close the state’s budget gap.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll taken after last year’s elections, in which 71 percent of Latino voters said that they disliked gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

Los Angeles Times highlighted the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll taken during the midterm elections, which revealed that 59 percent of likely California voters felt that undocumented immigrant workers should be given a way to regularize their legal status.

The Christian Science Monitor highlighted the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll taken during the midterm elections, which found that Latino voters favored Sen. Barbara Boxer over her Republican opponent by 38 percentage points.


January 2011

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Darry Sragow of political science about the Republican Party brand in California. A second San Francisco Chronicle story also quoted Sragow and mentioned the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll.

Reuters cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters object to increasing taxes in order to pare the state’s budget deficit.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters object to increasing taxes in order to pare the state’s budget deficit.

Lompoc Record cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters object to increasing taxes in order to pare the state’s budget deficit. Santa Barbara Independent also cited the poll.

 

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