Loading...
politics

Eric Garcetti Leads By 10 Points In New USC/L.A. Times Poll

Comments (0)

By

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 5:34 AM
click to enlarge Eric Garcetti
  • Eric Garcetti

Councilman Eric Garcetti has a 10-point lead in the race for mayor, according to the USC Price / L.A. Times poll out this morning.


According to the survey of 500 likely voters, Garcetti leads his opponent, Controller Wendy Greuel, by a margin of 50 percent to 40 percent.

The margin is the largest seen thus far in a public survey, with just over four weeks to go before the May 21 runoff.


Among other troubling signs for Greuel, the survey found that Garcetti leads among women, 50-41. Greuel has tried to appeal to women both because she would be the first female mayor, and on the issue of education reform. Garcetti has a slightly wider lead among men, 51-38.

Greuel also has just a two-point lead in her home base in the San Fernando Valley, 45-43.

The poll was conducted April 15-17, and has a margin of error of 4.4%.

Greuel has recently tried to shake up the race, spending a unusually large amount of money on TV ads this weekend. She also campaigned at Langer's Deli on Saturday with President Bill Clinton, as she seeks to get a jolt of support from his endorsement.

At the event, Clinton counseled Greuel to present herself as someone who is capable of solving problems and getting the job done.

"That's what people really want," he said. "If all they have is the kind of combat that tends to make everybody smaller, then it's unpredictable how they'll vote... Let 'em see who you are. And every word you say, every sentence you speak in this last month, every proposal you make, every retort you make if you're under assault, everything any surrogate says for you, try to form an impression in every voter's mind of who you really are. Because they are hiring somebody they want to solve problems."

Update: In an email to supporters, Greuel accuses the L.A. Times of bias against her campaign.

"I'll let you draw your own conclusions -- but there are a few reasons why this poll doesn't stand up under scrutiny. I know many of you think the Times has been overly harsh about my campaign and my message -- they endorsed my opponent, but that doesn't seem to be quite where they stop."

Greuel cited two other polls that show Garcetti up by just one point, and argued that the USC/L.A. Times poll does not reflect the impact of her TV ads and the Clinton appearance.

"I'm writing to tell you: we're going to win ... and we're going to go toe to toe, every step of the way."

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
  • La Brea Tar Pits "Pit 91" Re-Opening
    Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org . All photos by Nanette Gonzales.