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September 29, 2004 (916) 444-1502

New Poll Shows Prop. 62 Losing By Nine Points

(SACRAMENTO) A new statewide survey of likely voters shows Proposition 62 (Louisiana Blanket Primary) losing by a wide margin. The poll of 830 likely November voters, conducted by Probolsky Research of Laguna Hills, California, shows YES at 40.0% and NO at 49.0%. When “leans” are added, YES is 41.9% and NO is 50.3%.

“This poll confirms what we have been feeling all along – that as voters focus on Prop. 62, they turn against it,” said NO on 62 lead strategist Dave Gilliard.

The poll showed that Democrats and Republicans oppose Proposition 62 by nearly identical margins, with 49.7% of Democrats and 50.5% of Republicans against.

Under Proposition 62, California would adopt a blanket primary and General Election run-off system that only one other state - Louisiana – currently uses. All candidates would appear on the same primary ballot and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, would face each other in a November run-off. In many districts, voters would be forced to choose between two candidates from the same party.

“Californians of all political stripes know intuitively that there is something very wrong with a system that limits voter choice and that only Louisiana uses,” Gilliard said.

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