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Election 2012

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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.

Californians Willing
To Raise Taxes

March 26, 2012

Voters favor raising sales taxes and taxes on the wealthy if the money goes to public schools, community colleges and public safety, poll finds.

Post-Midterms: The Pulse of Californians

November 19, 2010

After a midterm election that saw Republicans make big gains, a new USC College/L.A. Times Poll peeks into the minds of California voters, with a special look at Latinos and Asian Americans. How did they vote? What do they think of immigration? What should Governor-
Elect Jerry Brown tackle first?

November Initiatives

October 15, 2010

Next month’s ballot measures focus on everything but the economy, according
to USC’s Initiative
and Referendum Institute.

Open-Primary Vote

June 18, 2010

Californians vented their frustration with partisan politics by passing Prop 14. But changing primaries may not help, says John Matsusaka.

California’s June Propositions

May 21, 2010

Election year 2010 continues, with controversial measures to be decided
in the Golden State on June 8. John Matsusaka of the Initiative & Referendum Institute analyzes the players and pockets behind the five propositions, which tackle auto insurance pricing, two-party primaries, and public campaign funding.

California Races: Whitman & Boxer Lead

April 16, 2010

A USC/L.A. Times poll finds that voters favor Republican gubernatorial contender Meg Whitman, partly due to her record campaign spending. In the battle for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer is besting Republican challengers, but there are signs that she might be losing ground. Click for video.

Voters Soften on Immigration

April 16, 2010

Poll finds Californians almost evenly divided on whether to deny social services to illegal immigrants. Also, a majority support same-sex marriage.

Sunny State in
Dark Mood

April 16, 2010

Californians feel pessimistic about their state. But a majority are happy about the new health care law, which could help candidates in the midterms.

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