NEW UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DORNSIFE COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SCIENCES/LOS ANGELES TIMES POLL


On behalf of the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, in conjunction withAmerican Viewpoint, conducted a new survey among 1,504 registered California voters. The latest survey shows:

  • Calif. voters reject tenure, seniority-based layoffs of public school teachers.
  • California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure.
  • Californians split on whether testing has been a boon or bust for education.
  • Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing.
  • Most Californians say race relations are better in California than elsewhere in United States.
  • Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say.

KEY FINDINGS

USC Dornsife/LA Times FQ
USC Dornsife/LA Times Crosstabs

ARTICLES

Below you can find articles and stories on findings of this poll:

April 11

Calif. voters reject tenure, seniority-based layoffs of public school teachers - USC Dornsife

California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure - LA Times

April 12

Californians split on whether testing has been a boon or bust for education  - USC Dornsife

Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing - LA Times

April 13

Most Californians say race relations are better in California than elsewhere in United States - USC Dornsife

Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say - LA Times

METHODOLOGY

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, in conjunction with American Viewpoint, conducted this survey on behalf of the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times. These findings are based on a random sample survey of 1,504 (1,504 weighted) registered voters in the state of California, conducted from March 28 – April 7, 2015. Interviews were conducted by telephone using live interviewers from Interviewing Services of America. Voters were randomly selected from a list of registered voters statewide and reached on a landline or cell phone depending on the number they designated on their voter registration. Fifty-five percent of this sample was reached on a cell phone. Up to five attempts were made to reach and interview each randomly selected voter.
The study includes an oversample of 400 known-Latino registered voters, with the total number of Latino voters interviewed at 498 (361 weighted). All interviews among known Latinos were carried out via telephone by bilingual Latino interviewers, and conducted in the preferred language of the survey respondent, English or Spanish. Overall, 33 percent of interviews among the known Latino sample were conducted in Spanish and 67 percent in English. The technique of using fully bilingual interviewers yields higher response and cooperation rates and is greatly preferred because it does not terminate calls with Spanish-language households and require a callback. This survey also included a small oversample of African American respondents (118 unweighted; 90 weighted).

Upon completion of all interviewing, the results were weighted to bring the Latino oversample population into line with the racial and ethnic composition of registered voters in California. The data were weighted to reflect the total population of registered voters throughout the state, balancing on regional and demographic characteristics for gender, age, race, and party registration according to known census estimates and voter file projections from several distinct voter files.

The maximum sampling error for the overall sample of 1,504 registered voters is +/- 2.7 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error for subgroups is higher. The margin of error for Latinos is +/- 4.6 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.