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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mike Feuer extends lead in first post primary poll

Los Angeles City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer today released results of the first post primary election poll. The poll, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3), shows Feuer now leading failed incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich by 16 percentage points.

According to the Feuer campaign, FM3 polled 600 randomly selected likely voters, on land lines and cell phones, in English and Spanish. 

Feuer bested Trutanich by 14 points in the primary election, receiving more votes than any other candidate in the city. Since the primary, Feuer has increased his lead over Trutanich by a further 16 points, a lead that he is likely to maintain. With 28% of voters currently undecided, much depends on how those voters break - either for Feuer or Trutanich.

The undecided voters are likely those who voted for Greg Smith and Noel Weiss in the primary. Applying a 50/50 formula to the undecideds would result in Feuer winning the general election with 58% of the vote, with Trutanich getting only 42%. But Feuer could actually increase his margin of victory. FM3 reported that Feuer enjoys a 31% lead among voters who supported Smith, and a 12% lead among Weiss supporters, so that 50/50 formula could actually become more like 60/40 resulting in Feuer getting 61% and Trutanich 39%.

By any analysis Trutanich's poor showing in the primary shows Los Angelenos have 'had it' with him. Los Angelenos deserve a City Attorney they can trust, and Mike Feuer increasingly seems to be the candidate for the job.

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