California Democrats like Barack Obama better than ever. Republicans don't like John McCain as much as they used to. Majorities of both parties—and Independents—want to hear more about the economy. We get details on those findings as well as which direction likely voters are leaning on same-sex marriage and legislative boundaries. Also, Measure R, the sales tax for mass transit in LA County.
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Parental notification for abortion has been defeated in two prior elections, but a poll by the Public Policy Institute shows likely voters closely divided this time around: 46% say yes, 44% no, with 10% undecided. Proposition 4 would prohibit abortion for a minor until 48 hours after a doctor notifies her parents or legal guardian. Doctors could be held liable for damages if they failed to comply. There would be exceptions for medical emergencies and fear of child abuse.
Vivian Dudro, Spokesperson for the Yes on Prop 4 campaign
Mary Jane Wagle, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles
Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California (@ppicnotes)
LA County Supervisors argued for months over new money for public transit. But Measure R didn't go on the ballot until September, when Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill allowing it. There hasn't been much time to campaign for the measure that would raise the County sales tax by a half-cent to raise $40 billion for mass transit over 30 years.
Steve Hymon, Puckalolos
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