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Election 2012

Stories in State Politics

Death Penalty: Divided

October 30, 2012

With the Nov. election looming, the fight to repeal the death penalty in California has gotten a lot closer, per new USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.

Obama Leads in Calif.

October 30, 2012

President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Mitt Romney with California voters, finds the new USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.

Food Fight

October 30, 2012

Support has dropped for a California proposition requiring labeling of genetically modified food, finds
the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.

Taxes & Pensions

October 1, 2012

Golden State voters show slipping support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative, but favor pension reforms, finds USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Crime & Punishment

October 1, 2012

California voters favor revising the state’s “three strikes” law, but are conflicted on the death penalty, finds USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

On the Ballot: Marijuana, Gay Marriage

September 14, 2012

“The presidential election gets most of the attention, but it’s going to be a very interesting year at state level, with voters potentially passing a host of far-reaching new laws,” says John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute. Pot legalization is a hot topic this year, as are same-sex marriage, health care, tax increases and public employee unions.

Brown’s Tax Initiative

August 23, 2012

Just a slim majority of Californian voters favor Prop. 30, which would raise taxes to avoid further spending cuts in education and public safety.

Brown Tax Initiative

May 30, 2012

Voter support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative is slipping, as California budget shortfall grows. But most voters favor his plan to reduce state worker hours.

California for Obama, Despite Gas Prices

March 26, 2012

The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll finds President Obama’s job performance rating at its highest among California voters since 2010.

Romney Is Golden State GOP Frontrunner

March 26, 2012

Mitt Romney holds a solid lead among California’s Republican voters, but 50 percent wish they had other candidates to choose from.

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