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GO FIGURE

If you think politics ought to be logical, try this multiple choice test below, based on the findings of a Public Policy Institute poll released today.

1. The most commonly identified potential terrorist targets in California are Los Angeles International Airport and the Golden Gate Bridge. Given this, residents of which region of California are most likely to cite terrorism as their No. 1 concern this election year:
A. Los Angeles County
B. San Francisco
C. Southern California counties outside of Los Angeles
D. Central Valley

2. The area of the state with the highest unemployment rate -- in some counties more than double the statewide rate -- is the Central Valley. Given this, residents of which region of the state were least likely to cite the economy and jobs as their No. 1 concern this election year:
A. Los Angeles County
B. San Francisco
C. Southern California counties outside of Los Angeles
D. Central Valley

The answer to both questions is "D."

Statewide, 9 percent of likely voters cite terrorism and security issues as their top concern. In the Central Valley, it's 12 percent.

Statewide, 26 percent of likely voters cite the economy and jobs as their top concern. In the Central Valley, it's 21 percent.

Perhaps in Tulare County, where the unemployment rate is 15.4 percent, there are more people with time on their hands to worry about terrorism than there are in Los Angeles County, with its 5.4 percent unemployment rate.

95 percent accurate
Over the last 25 presidential elections, Ventura County voters have backed the winner 24 times, or over 95 percent of the time. It is one of only a handful of counties in the nation that has been such a predictable bellwether.
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Timm Herdt
The Ventura County Star's Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt on state issues and politics from Sacramento to Ventura County. He can be contacted at therdt@vcstar.com
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