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California voters favor reducing sentences for nonviolent offenders, poll finds

A large majority of Californians favor cutting down sentences for low-level offenders, according to results of the latest poll. (Photo/Krystian Olszanski, Flickr)
Photo: A large majority of Californians favor cutting down sentences for low-level offenders, according to results of the latest poll. (Photo/Krystian Olszanski, Flickr)

California voters favor reducing sentences for people who commit low-level crimes in order to reduce the state’s prison population, but they oppose releasing prisoners if it will harm public safety, according to the latest USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll.

Californians overwhelmingly support gun control measures

Ninety-two percent of California voters said they supported background checks for all gun sales, according to the latest results of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll. (Photo/Michael Holzworth, U.S. Department of Defense)
Photo: Ninety-two percent of California voters said they supported background checks for all gun sales, according to the latest results of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll. (Photo/Michael Holzworth, U.S. Department of Defense)

California voters strongly support a wide range of gun control measures, according to results of the latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll of registered voters.

Garcetti, Greuel fight for lead before Tuesday’s mayoral vote

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel appear to be leading the mayoral race with 27 percent and 25 percent of voters, respectively, according to a new USC Price/LA Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll.
Photo: Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel appear to be leading the mayoral race with 27 percent and 25 percent of voters, respectively, according to a new USC Price/LA Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll.

Just days before the primary election to pick Los Angeles’ next mayor, candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel appear locked in a dead heat to advance to the runoff election in May, according to results of a new USC Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll.

Voters undecided on LA city attorney’s race, Proposition A

Forty percent of the 500 likely voters surveyed remain undecided among the four Los Angeles city attorney candidates, according to the new USC Price/LA Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll. (Photo/Pintaric)
Photo: Forty percent of the 500 likely voters surveyed remain undecided among the four Los Angeles city attorney candidates, according to the new USC Price/LA Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll. (Photo/Pintaric)

With a municipal primary election just three days away, Los Angeles voters remain largely undecided about who should be the next LA city attorney, according to a new USC Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll.

Support slips for Brown’s tax initiative

The latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll finds that approval for Brown’s tax initiative fell 5 percentage points.
Photo: The latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll finds that approval for Brown’s tax initiative fell 5 percentage points.

Confronted with a larger-than-expected budget deficit, a majority of California voters continue to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed November ballot initiative that would temporarily raise the state sales tax and income tax on high earners in the state – but this support shows signs of slipping.

Gay marriage not a key issue for 75 percent of California voters

USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll shows that gay marriage is not a key issue for majority of CA voters in the upcoming election.
Photo: The latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll shows that a majority of California voters who support Mitt Romney in November’s presidential election consider their decision to be a vote against President Obama rather than one on behalf of Romney. (Photo/Peter Mautsch)

The overwhelming majority of California voters said gay marriage would not be a major issue or just one of many factors they would consider at the ballot box, according to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.