ABC7 Eyewitness News
and SurveyUSA
Sweep L.A. Mayoral Polls



LOS ANGELES--June 8, 2001--With its exclusive Eyewitness News Poll conducted by SurveyUSA, ABC7 Eyewitness News was the most accurate in projecting the outcome of the runoff election for Los Angeles Mayor.


In a poll of 1000 likely voters released the day before the election, ABC7 and SurveyUSA projected City Attorney James Hahn to defeat former State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa by a margin of 53% to 43%.The actual June 5 totals were 54% to 46%.


ABC7 Eyewitness News and SurveyUSA began tracking the runoff election in April, capturing the high-stakes battle in seven separate surveys.This tracking poll showed a swell of support for Antonio Villaraigosa in mid-May and documented Hahnís successful effort to rebound using an advertising blitz in the last two weeks of the campaign.


Earlier this year, only ABC7 Eyewitness News and SurveyUSA accurately projected Antonio Villaraigosa as the winner of the primary election for Mayor of Los Angeles.That poll of 1200 likely voters showed Villaraigosa leading with 31%, James Hahn in second place with 22% and businessman Steve Soboroff trailing in third place with 18%.The actual tallies were Villaraigosa 30%, Hahn 25% and Soboroff 21%.Both polls had a margin of error of Ī3%


ABC7 Eyewitness News, Southern California's No. 1 station for news, will continue to track local and state elections, providing unmatched television coverage of Southland politics.


SurveyUSA is the nation's largest local opinion pollster, conducting breaking news polls, election polls and market research for more than 40 television stations and media outlets nationwide. In the 2000 election it delivered 462 election polls in 112 races across 26 states. In Los Angeles SurveyUSA operates under an exclusive agreement with ABC7.





Bill Burton, 818/863-7261



Fred Bierman, 818/784-0602