After 100 Days in Office, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Gets High Marks
By Rick Orlov
Mayor Eric Garcetti is drawing high marks for his first 100 days in office even as he continues to introduce himself to city residents, according to a poll released.
The survey of 501 registered voters conducted by the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A., showed Garcetti with a 56 percent approval rating — and a 5-1 edge of positive over negative feelings of how he is performing his job.
At the same time, the survey found voters are still getting to know the new mayor, with a third saying they are still developing an opinion on how he is doing.
“Though the majority of voters have positive views of Garcetti personally, relatively few offered specific reasons for either liking or disliking him,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the institute.
“The voters do not yet know him well, but they seem to be giving him a strong opening to be successful.”
Garcetti had served on the City Council for 12 years and as its president for six years, positions that are not well known by voters.
Even with his strong marks, voters were nearly evenly divided by whether the city is headed in the right direction. It showed a 42-41 percent split, with most saying the city is on the wrong trajectory.