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Sherman leads Berman in USC poll of Valley voters

A USC poll taken days before one of the hottest congressional primaries in the nation shows Rep. Brad Sherman leading fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, 31.7% to 24%, with more than 23% of those surveyed saying they had not yet made up their minds.

The five other candidates in the contest for the San Fernando Valley’s 30th Congressional District placed in single digits in the poll. Many experts expect the costly Berman/Sherman clash to continue into the November general election. 

Under the state’s new election system, only the first- and second-place primary finishers, regardless of any party affiliation, can compete in the fall.

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences on Sunday released the online and Smartphone survey of 329 registered primary election voters. It was conducted by M4 Strategies and Tulchin Research from May 29 through 31 and had a sampling error of 5.4 percentage points.


Samples were controlled for demographic characteristics and party registration. Participants were offered modest monetary compensation, and procedures were put in place to limit frequent survey-takers and discourage participants from rushing through the survey.

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-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times