Conducted by SurveyUSA, the poll is the first independent sampling of voters released since the June primary, in which Sherman finished 10 percentage points ahead of Berman for the San Fernando Valley congressional district seat.
According to the poll, Sherman led Berman 45%-32% among likely voters. But 23% of respondents said they had not yet made up their minds.
The survey of 800 registered voters, 628 of whom were deemed likely to cast ballots, was conducted Sept.18 and 19. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points in either direction.
The poll found voters liked both men but higher numbers said Sherman was a more effective legislator and was more focused on the needs of area residents.
-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times