How the Poll Was Conducted
The Times Orange County Poll of 506 registered voters was conducted by Mark Baldassare & Associates, an Irvine-based public opinion research firm, with field work by Discovery Research Group.
The survey was conducted Aug. 25-27 on weekend days and weekday nights, using a random sample of listed and unlisted telephone numbers.
The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, which means that it is 95% certain that the results are within 4.5 percentage points of what they would be if every adult Orange County registered voter were interviewed.
All respondents were guaranteed anonymity. However, some of those surveyed agreed to be contacted later for interviews for news stories on the poll.