Given an avalanche of endorsements for a no vote on measure B, the controversial initiative that mandates condom use for porn production in L.A. county, we were surprised by how easily it passed Tuesday (with nearly 56 percent approval).
But if you break it down, it might have been a little closer than that.
In fact, if you look closely, it appears that men weren't having this law at all:
Loyola Marymount University's Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles conducted exit polling Tuesday in L.A., eliciting responses frrom 2,595 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.89 percent.
A summary of responses, sent to the Weekly, found that men were against measure B, with 61 percent voting no (39 percent said yes). Women voted yes at a rate of 63 percent (with 37 percent saying no).
Put each gender's vote back to front and you'd almost have a perfect 69. Or yin and yang.
It's interesting, though, because the industry has argued that consumers won't buy condom porn, and that enforcement could chase the multi-billiond-dollar industry out of L.A.
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By consumers, they must have meant men.
The measure appeared to get its biggest support from African Americans, who said yes 69 percent to 31 percent; whites were the biggest group against it, 59 percent to 41 percent.
Voters in the San Fernando Valley, the traditional home of the global porn industry, would have rejected the measure: They voted against it 51 percent to 49 percent.