With L.A.'s mayoral campaign in its final weekend before Tuesday's runoff election, a new USC/L.A. Times poll finds that Eric Garcetti's advantage over Wendy Greuel has narrowed slightly in the past month.
Garcetti, who has served on the city council for 12 years, now leads Greuel, the city controller, by seven points — down from the 10 point lead he held in the last USC/L.A. Times poll released on April 21.
According to the new poll, Garcetti now leads by 48 percent to 41 percent for Greuel, with 11 percent of voters remaining undecided.
Greuel has made gains among various voting blocs, but Garcetti still leads in most categories including Latinos, Democrats, and even conservative voters — indicating that he has been able to exploit her ties to labor unions that have poured millions of dollars into independent committees working on her behalf.
That union support is not necessarily translating into an advantage for Greuel. The poll found that 51 percent of union households support Garcetti, compared to 39 percent for Greuel.
Garcetti continues to lead among women voters, despite Greuel's appeal that it's time for L.A. to elect its first woman mayor. One of Greuel's few advantages is among black voters.
In other citywide races, Mike Feuer has a substantial 42 percent to 24 percent lead over incumbent Carmen Trutanich in the contest for city attorney. And in the race to succeed Greuel as controller, L.A. city councilman Dennis Zine leads Ron Galperin by 31 percent to 28 percent.
Among the ballot initiatives seeking to limit the sale of medical marijuana in Los Angeles, 55 percent of voters favor Measure D, which would cap the city's number of dispensaries at 135 – the number of clinics operating in the city prior to the September 2007 moratorium imposed by the City Council. Also on the ballot is Measure F, which would allow an unlimited number of clinics to operate.
The poll, sponsored by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Los Angeles Times, has a sampling error of 4.4 percent.