The mayoral contest between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will be on May 21.
Twenty-one percent of Angelenos, the lowest in years, voted in the March 5 election.
All candidates have cited job growth and education progress in their platforms.
The Sol Price School of Public Policy and LA Times poll was taken by 500 likely voters.
Students urge next L.A. mayor to focus more attention to the university and student body.
Councilman Bernard C. Parks’ office said the arrests will not affect USC’s negotiations.