USC teams up with Los Angeles Times for election polls

As the 2010 election season gears up in California, two other big names threw their hats in the race on Wednesday.

USC’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences has teamed up with the Los Angeles Times to sponsor six polls of California residents throughout the 2010 election season, when a governor and US senator will be elected.

The polls, which begin Sunday, will be called the “University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll,” according to a press release.

The release also called this “the first such cooperative venture of this magnitude.”

“We are extremely pleased to team up with The Times to offer in-depth insight and analysis of the historic 2010 campaign,” Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, said in a statement. “The partnership will provide unique experiential learning opportunities for USC college students, and will also enhance the ability of our faculty to address issues that are critical to California’s future.”

According to the Times, the paper disbanded its in-house polling unit in 2008.