L.A. Elections May Be Decided by Older, White Voters, Poll Shows

Michael Finnegan et al., Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013

Tuesday’s elections will sweep in new leadership for Los Angeles’ 3.8 million residents, but the races are likely to be decided by an older, whiter and more educated fraction of the city’s population.

Latinos, the city’s dominant ethnic group and a key voting bloc, make up 44% of the city’s population, U.S. Census figures show. But a USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll of likely voters last week suggests Latinos will make up 24% of those who cast ballots Tuesday, in part because many are immigrants who are ineligible to vote.

Non-Latino whites, by contrast, at 32% of the city’s population, are likely to total 51% of the vote, giving them an outsized role in choosing the next mayor, according to the poll.

Apathy among young people could diminish their clout too. Of the city’s voting-age population, 65% are under 50. But only 37% of those likely to vote are under 50.

The poll of 500 likely voters asked a series of demographic questions and underscored the longstanding, sharp disparities between the voters who choose the city’s leaders and the far larger population they represent.

“The issue base for affluent, more educated, older voters, what they care about — their priority list is different than less educated, lower-income, younger voters,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.

Latinos may be underrepresented in L.A. elections. But in the current contest for mayor, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti have recognized them as a growing and potentially decisive body of voters.

Latinos now represent more than twice the share of likely voters they did 20 years ago, according to Times polling surveys. Greuel, Garcetti and their allies have targeted Latinos with a flood of bilingual mailers, Spanish-language television ads and endorsements from some of the community’s political, entertainment and civil rights leaders.

“We believe the candidates really have recognized the importance of the Latino vote,” said Rosalind Gold, senior director of policy, research and advocacy at the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.


In the final days of the election, both mayoral candidates also made a major push for African American votes.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/LA Times Los Angeles City Primary Poll found that African Americans made up 12% of likely voters. They make up 9% of the city’s population.


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  • fakeemail

    Stick a fork in LA. .

    • So CAL Snowman

      oh please, all LA needs is some midnight soccer and it will be back on its feet in no time.

  • The__Bobster

    What to bet that the candidates pull a Romney and ignore/piss off voters like us?

  • So CAL Snowman

    “As mayor I promise a burrito on every plate and a cap in every ass”

    Now that’s how you secure the latino vote and the african vote at the same time.

  • Since the City of Smog didn’t turn brown overnight, I’m sure these older, white voters are the very ones responsible for the city’s downfall over the past decades.
    Speaking of old and white, I just noticed a Yahoo article glorifying Hanoi Jane herself. I’m going to mosey on over there and remind people why we are still boycotting the Vietcong sympathizer.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Just about any Whites remaining in LA are thoroughly on board with the diversity agenda. In the most perverse way imaginable, pandering to browns in Spanish is pandering to the Marxist delusions of these sort of Whites. The more non- or anti-White the better.

    • c684570

      Why would they enjoy diversity?

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Could be lots of different reasons. Some are members of the tribe. Many work for the gov’t, and thus profit from societal dysfunction. Some like easy access to drugs. Some enjoy cheap labor. Most live in tiny White enclaves that are insulated from the dysfunction. Many are sincere ideological believers in cultural Marxism and believe their White flesh truly is evil, requiring penance to non-Whites.

        • jeffaral

          Also don’t forget White Christians. Recently retired Archbishop of Los angeles, Roger Mahony,is a liberal and fanatical supporter of illegals. Newly appointed Archbishop o LA, Jose honorio Gomes, an ultra-conservative Dei Opus member, happens to be also a fanatical supporter of illegal trespassers. Got it now?

    • a multiracial individual

      They love diversity so much they fled to Orange county and the Beach cities to get away from it.

      • fakeemail

        Too bad for them the OC and Beach Cities are or have reached the critical mass of hispanics. The 86 amnesty and the 94 overturn of prop 187 were the end of CA. Reagan made it so that he himself would never get elected in his home state.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Didn’t I say “any Whites remaining in LA”? How can they flee, and yet remain?

      • Greg Thomas

        I live in Orange County. It’s full of illegal invading mexicans. Ever been to Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, even Huntington Beach now. We are full of illegal invading diversity.

        • Ted

          You Sir are in fact correct! They’re not called Anacrime & Garbage Grove for no reason. Shame about HB, used to be such a nice place for middle-class Whites. Not like the Housewives of OC money-grubbing areas to the south.

          • Greg Thomas

            There are plenty of other cities I could ad to the list. Same thing. I’ve lived here my entire life, 46 years. I’ve seen the transformation take place before my very eyes. It’s only getting worse.

          • Ted

            I’m a transplant from the Midwest, and it angers me. I can’t imagine how you feel as someone who grew up here. When the wife is driving, I find myself daydreaming while looking at the lines of houses. Thinking to myself that Whites used to live there in the past. Now it’s either the Robinson, Garcia, or Wong family. Sickening. The only thing really left is the weather.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I feel very bad for the whites still living in LA, especially since it sounds like they’re mostly older people. Old white people are prime targets for Hispanic (and black) crime.

    • guest

      The whites you are referring to have fled to the Westside. They think they are safe there. Unfortunately they are not. LAPD is totally ineffective and when TSHTF LAPD will be AWOL, just like they were during the Rodney King riots. Brentwood may be a nice neighborhood but it’s in Los Angeles and must rely on the services, and CCW issuance policies, of LAPD.

      Likewise, some whites think Beverly Hills will be immune. BHPD is in fact quite effective. However Beverly Hills is now getting its own black undertow. I am not joking. More are showing up every day because they have figured out they are treated very well in Beverly Hills, and can panhandle, use bathrooms, and steal things without any interference. Also Beverly Hills High has found itself a black principal and is actively recruiting blacks from Los Angeles. The day that some nice Persian Jewish high school girl there gets pregnant with Dontavius’ sprog (don’t worry, she’ll have the fastest abortion in the history of the world), every single Persian will pull out of the school, and it will go black very quickly. The city government is already black controlled so this could happen much faster than anyone realizes.

      White liberals think they can get the moral rewards of diversity without ever paying a price. Here in LA they will discover that is not true. I would imagine that a few decades ago, Detroiters also thought they could get the moral high of liberalism without paying for it. No, there is a price to be paid.

      • android234

        The mayor of Beverly Hills is also a citizen of Sweden. Look it up!

      • Greg Thomas

        There is always a price to pay with diversity. Some will have to find out the hard way when the bill becomes due.

  • bigone4u

    For some of my research, I was looking at the google entries for “zoot suits” last night. I believe I read on the PBS website that there were only 800 Latinos living in LA in 1900, but their numbers exploded as Mexicans fled the revolution in the 20s. That influx eventually led to the Sleepy Lagoon murder and the zoot suit riots, which PBS blames on white bigotry and hatred of Mexicans. The truth is the Mexicans had a big chip on their should even then. The pachuchos and pachuchas have been around a while and the Mexicans were in gangs even then. It’s in their blood.


    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Strange how when Whites were the overwhelming majority in California they didn’t get rid of city names like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, etc., and re-name them something more Anglo. Leaving them Spanish was like putting out the welcome sign for Mexicans.

      • bigone4u

        I never thought of that, but what you say is true. I suppose the names were identified by whites as more with Spain than Mexico, but the names suggest that Spanish is spoken here.

        • IstvanIN

          We also have a certain respect for history.

      • Cape to Cairo

        You nailed it! I’ve often felt that everything should have been renamed with an English place name – states, cities, counties, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc. They should never have kept the Spanish, French and Indian place names. I guess our ancestors never imagined that we’d be a bunch of appeasing, self-hating, white apologists who would hand our civilization over to the barbarians. We are definitely in stage four (destruction) of the Course of (the American) Empire.

      • Bobby

        Cheri, let me explain this phenomenon. Although, some cities in the surrounding areas of Los Angeles, were huge land grants, and owned by a few Mexican families having been passed on to them by the Spanish, many cities with Spanish names were just the gimmicks of developers and real estate people. For one of many examples, there is a Southern California city called, La Mirada. It was named by two Irish land speculators about 100 years ago. You see, gringos, used to believe, before the invasion from Mexico, that giving cities Spanish names was exotic, and often named cities that way. La Habra, La Crescenta, etc.etc. this practice continues to this day in California, with young and middle aged yuppies living in such artificially named communities. Everyone used to think it was neat to be exotic. Not now, with Mexicans renaming schools, school districts, and streets to suit them. In other words, really re-creating Mexico in the U.S.

        • Cheri Rodriguez

          Of course you can’t pin this entirely on California. There’s Santa Fe, NM. Casa Grande, AZ. Mesa, AZ. El Paso, TX. San Antonio, TX. You’d think at some point (e.g. the Zimmerman Telegram in 1917 or “Operation Wetback” in 1954) that the people in charge would have pushed for more English-sounding names in the southwest to help discourage any future invasions. As cunning as The Mob was about building casinos in the Nevada desert in the late 1940s and 1950s, their big mistake was not renaming Las Vegas something like “Siegel City”, “Lanskyville” or “New Chicago” to show the world who really ran the place.

          • Bobby

            OH, yeah. “Who really ran the place”. Spot on.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Makes me glad that I’m from Riverside, which is still swarming with Hispanics despite its name.

    • Bobby

      What your’e saying is 100 percent accurate. I grew up in the Los Angeles of an earlier time, and yes, Mexicans did have a chip on their shoulders even then. Some were nice, but the ones that were bad were really BAD. I know this because one of my best friends at that time was Mexican and he turned out to be a real clown. When his family moved to East Los Angeles, he became an even bigger a==hole.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    The “older white voters” will soon be dead. In fact, by mid-century nearly all Americans who can remember what America was like before Brown v. Board will be gone forever. This is the most troublesome demographic to the Cultural-Marxists, because they didn’t grow up in forcefully integrated schools or with a mandatory diversity curriculum. Even though they survived the depression and fought for their country, they are derided in today’s History 101 textbooks as bigoted and incorrigibly racist.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The ‘older white voters’ will soon be dead.

      Sooner than you think after Obamacare.

      But then isn’t that the POINT of Obamacare?


  • roger williams

    Funny, this story goes on about appealing to this or that ethnic contituency but nothing about the issues. Steve Sailer pointed this out, in these highly ethnically fractured polities, all anyone cares about is who’s respective group is in power Meanwhile the boring part about, you know, fixing roads, educating kids, GOVERNING…. who cares about that?
    There’s ethnic spoils to be alloted and patronage jobs to give to this or that “member of (fill in the ethnicity) community”

    • jambi19


    • Greg Thomas

      Too bad Whites don’t think that way. We had better start soon.

  • Bobby

    What in the hell is this article talking about. I live about 10 miles from L.A. and that city doesn’t have enough white people to decide an election!!! Most of them moved out of Los Angeles years ago just for safetys sake. Yep, even though Villaraigosa the mayor said that crime in less now than it was in the Los Angeles of 1958—no one believed him, especially the older people that were around as younger people in 1958. PEACE.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Tuesday’s elections will sweep in new leadership for Los Angeles’ 3.8 million residents

    Really, what does it matter?

    Either phony, Garcetti or Greuel, is a miserable choice for mayor; both are interchangeable, support the same lefty policies and will continue to run LA into the ground. There is no difference between the two and as Walter Moore says: “They are both exactly the same person.”

    As for the LA Times:

    According to a UCLA study on media biase:

    “Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS’ ‘Evening News,’ The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.”


    Enough said.


    • Dude

      well said, Bon. Having moved out of the city a couple of years ago, I don’t miss making that Hobbesian choice every four years. As for the “older Whites,” still in LA, don’t be so sure they have any place left to go. Most are stuck in the less trendy places, such as the floor of the Valley.

  • jeffaral

    What’s the relevance of publishing an article about elections in Mexifornia? California is long gone.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      California is the future of the rest of the country, unless we do something to stem the tide. That’s reason enough to observe what happens here, to study how we got here, and to decide what to do with the refugees when they choose to finally flee. Colorado and Oregon can attest to effects of the mind-virus that California refugees bring with them.