May 09, 2013
LAWT News Service
A recent voter survey commissioned by the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project (AAVREP) finds that – with little more than two-weeks to go before Los Angeles voters choose their next mayor – African American voters may decide the ultimate winner when balloting closes at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.
The Feldman Group, Inc., a respected Washington, D.C.-based political research firm, conducted the poll for AAVREP. An analysis prepared on the voter survey results concludes, “Support from African American voters could be the deciding factor in the Los Angeles mayor’s race.”
The AAVREP Poll found L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel favored by 47-percent of voters over her opponent L.A. City Council member Eric Garcetti with 29-percent of African American voter support citywide.
But the Feldman Group’s analysis of its polling results cautions, “The direction and consequence of the African American vote are far from forgone conclusions.”
“Much of the African American community has yet to form an opinion of either candidate, and both candidates will need to focus their efforts to win them over. The support of the African American community remains in play,” Diane Feldman wrote in an analysis of her firm’s survey results.
The Feldman Group’s voter survey found that a candidate’s high profile political endorsements could play a crucial role in voting decisions among L.A.’s African American when they vote-by-mail before Tuesday, May 21 on head to polling places in two-week’s time to cast their ballots on Election Day.