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Poll shows voters want new mayor to focus on basic city services, not on big projects

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The following is a FOX 12-OPB poll by DHM Research conducted between April 28 and April 30.

The research involved a scientific telephone survey of 400 City of Portland likely voters. The margin of error falls within +/- 2.6 percent and +/- 4.9 percent.

All in all, do you think things in the City of Portland are headed in the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track?

Response Category

Feb. ‘12

N=400

Apr. ‘12

N=400

Right direction

58%

47%

Wrong track

30%

39%

Don't know

13%

14%

 

Here is a list of organizations, public figures, and elected officials. Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, neutral, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of that person? If you are not familiar with that person at all, let me know and we'll skip that one.

Response Category

Very favorable

Somewhat favorable

Neutral

Somewhat unfavorable

Very unfavorable

Don't know

2.    John Kitzhaber

33%

34%

13%

8%

7%

6%

3.    Eileen Brady

8%

22%

23%

7%

4%

37%

4.    Barack Obama

45%

28%

8%

5%

14%

1%

5.    Charlie Hales

12%

26%

21%

6%

3%

32%

6.    Amanda Fritz

9%

25%

21%

9%

4%

33%

7.    Jefferson Smith

9%

19%

23%

5%

2%

43%

8.    Sam Adams

8%

23%

20%

18%

29%

4%

9.    Mary Nolan

7%

14%

19%

4%

2%

55%

10. Steve Novick

15%

19%

19%

2%

1%

45%

 

 

 

What is the one thing you want the next Mayor of Portland and City Council to do something about?

Response Category

N=400

Fix potholes and roads

18%

More funding for public education

18%

Lower water and sewer rates

7%

Create jobs/reduce unemployment/help economy

7%

Stop funding/building bicycle lanes/paths

5%

Improve/expand public transportation

5%

Attract new businesses to Portland/improve business climate

4%

Provide services for homeless/reduce number of homeless downtown

4%

More police oversight/training to prevent killing of citizens by police

4%

Reduce traffic congestion

3%

Stop wasteful government spending

3%

Increase frequency of garbage service

3%

Reduce crime/increase law enforcement

2%

Start Columbia River Crossing/I-5 bridge project

2%

Reduce gang violence

2%

Balance budget/reduce deficit

2%

Lower property taxes

2%

Support the arts in schools

2%

All other responses

1% or less

Don't know

13%

 

12. Do you think Portland's economic climate is very good, somewhat good, somewhat poor, or very poor?

Response Category

N=400

Very good

4%

Somewhat good

51%

Somewhat poor

35%

Very poor

7%

Don't know

3%

 

 

Here is a list of issues in Portland that some public figures have said need to be addressed. Do you think each should be an urgent, high, medium, or low priority for elected officials in the City of Portland?

Response Category

Urgent

High

Medium

Low

Don't know

13. Water and sewer rates

25%

28%

30%

15%

3%

14. Unemployment

30%

46%

20%

3%

2%

15. Being more business friendly, including creating incentives for businesses to locate here

21%

33%

33%

11%

2%

16. Road and sidewalk maintenance

16%

33%

38%

13%

1%

17. Improving the police department

13%

33%

40%

11%

3%

18. Attracting "green" businesses to Portland

10%

31%

40%

18%

2%

19. Building a new I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, also known as the Columbia River Crossing

11%

17%

36%

34%

2%

20. Pollution in the Portland Harbor, in the Willamette River just north of downtown

15%

33%

39%

12%

3%

21. Gangs and juvenile crime

23%

44%

28%

5%

1%

22. Funding public K-12 education

43%

33%

15%

7%

3%

23. Homelessness

19%

39%

32%

9%

1%

24. Improved equity and human rights

14%

27%

35%

20%

5%

25. Finding alternative revenue sources to replace decreased funding from Washington DC and Salem

18%

36%

31%

9%

6%

 

 

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