This from the Jackson Campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John S. Thomas
Alan Jackson for District Attorney 2012
Tel: (818) 396-6578
NEW POLL SHOWS JACKSON AND TRUTANICH
MOVE TO A RUNOFF
The race for District Attorney is largely unformed with no clear front runner. Deputy DA Alan Jackson is statistically tied with Carmen Trutanich despite his spending advantage.
The following is a summary of findings from a telephone survey conducted among 500 registered voters in Los Angeles County who are likely to vote on June 5, 2012. Interviews were conducted February 27-March 1, 2012. The sampling error for this survey is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
No candidate is known to a majority of voters and as a result the race for District Attorney is wide open. More than half of likely voters have yet to choose a candidate and no single candidate begins with more than 10% of the vote. Including all ten candidates, the race currently stands as follows:
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is the best known of the ten with 43% name identification. Every other candidate has at least 10 points less name recognition. Typically, a candidate with better name identification enjoys larger vote support based on simply being known to more voters. That is clearly not the case with Trutanich. Perhaps this inability is due to the fact that among those who know Trutanich, his favorable rating is a tepid 35%-34%. In addition to not being particularly well-liked, Trutanich suffers from a net negative job rating at 23% positive and 37% negative. Trutanich has political baggage—a fact of which the voters are already aware.
When voters are given basic biographical information and positives messages about the candidates, the race separates into tiers with Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Carmen Trutanich pulling away from the other candidates. Specifically:
It is important to note that we provided a larger number of positive messages in support of Trutanich than any other candidate in an effort to simulate the fact that his campaign currently has more money. Even in those circumstances, he falls behind to Jackson.
This informed vote indicates that as voters begin to hear from the candidates and make up their minds, that Jackson and Trutanich are likely to be forced into a run-off in November. The presence of Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo and Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey on the ballot, despite garnering just 24% of the vote combined, makes it extremely difficult for any candidate to achieve a majority in June.
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The original of the Normington Petts poll results received by the Dragnet can be downloaded here.
The results of the poll, released by the Jackson campaign this morning, are understood to have sent the already beleaguered Trutanich campaign into a yet another series of frenetic telephone calls. Trutanich, already suffering an unprecedented credibility crisis following his lies about non-existent police agency endorsements, illegal Sheriff Baca endorsement, and pay to play YouTubeGate scandal, had to try to explain why his claim to be the "front runner by a mile" was also, apparently false.
LA Times Steve Lopez shames Trutanich for stiffing kids
If you can stay awake long enough to watch all thirteen minutes of Carmen Trutanich's self promoting DA campaign video, which had to be artificially boosted on YouTube to give the appearance that Trutanich has "grass roots support," you might catch same claims about his concern for school kids. But as LA Times columnist Steve Lopez relates in today's LA Times, it seems that Trutanich would rather spend his money on buying YouTube views than honoring his promise to underprivileged school kids.
the anti-Trutanich tsunami. He is sharply critical of Trutanich's failure to follow through on a $100,000 promise that he made to the very same kind of underprivileged school kids who surrounded him at his swearing in ceremony, which ended with his words "I won't let you down."
About the only thing you can say about Trutanich is that he is consistent; he always lets those foolish enough to believe him down. Lopez's column is further evidence of the veracity of the Normington Petts poll; his negatives far outweigh his campaign warchest, and those who know him best will move heaven and earth not to allow others to be fooled by his empty promises.