Your guide to 2022 L.A elections: Homelessness, housing, crime and other big issues

A homeless encampment near City Hall in January.
A homeless encampment near City Hall in January.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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As voters head to the polls across Los Angeles to elect new leaders, a new poll finds homelessness, housing affordability and crime among their top issues.

The new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, asked what two issues were most important in deciding whom to support for mayor. Among likely voters, these were the results:

  • Homelessness 49%
  • Crime and public safety 40%
  • Housing affordability 25%
  • Education and schools 12%
  • Jobs and the economy 12%
  • Climate change 11%
  • Racial justice 10%
  • Abortion 7%
  • Taxes 5%
  • Transportation 3%
  • Coronavirus 3%

Homelessness, housing and crime have been dominant issues in the mayor’s race as well as many down-ballot city races and council elections.


Here are stories on other major findings from our polls:

And here are our guides to understanding the candidates and the issues:

Mayor’s race

The Los Angeles Times has published an interactive graphic that shows where in the city each candidate has received money.

May 11, 2022

Polls show there are three leading contenders in the race to succeed Eric Garcetti as mayor of Los Angeles. Here’s a guide to the top contenders.

June 7, 2022

Here’s where the candidates for Los Angeles mayor stand on key issues facing the city.

June 4, 2022

City attorney

Seven people are running to be Los Angeles city attorney, a race with a wide field and no incumbent.

June 7, 2022

In a break from recent tradition, there’s not an incumbent or a well-known elected official among the candidates running to become L.A. city attorney. There are, however, two candidates with former GOP ties.

May 5, 2022

City controller

Guide to the 2022 race for L.A. city controller

June 7, 2022

Six candidates are seeking to replace City Controller Ron Galperin at City Hall, which has been buffeted by FBI probes into council members, political aides and others.

June 3, 2022

District 5

Meet the candidates vying to replace Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz in District 5, which stretches from Bel-Air to Hancock Park.

June 5, 2022

District 9

Your guide to the 2022 Los Angeles City Council District 9 election

June 5, 2022

District 11

But one key battleground is Venice, where debates over the homeless crisis have divided residents and sparked failed recall effort against current Councilman Mike Bonin.

June 4, 2022

District 13

A guide to the L.A. City Council District 13 election

June 5, 2022