OBI Survey Asks “What are Oregonians Thinking?”

A survey from Oregon Business & Industry reveals that Oregonians are divided on a variety of issues, and united on some surprising ones. The poll was conducted by Moore Information Group, who interviewed  a sample group of 823 voters via phone.  

Homelessness and Education  

The majority of voters, about 19 percent, identified homelessness as the most pressing issue facing the state, followed by affordable housing. Those who believe that the quality of life in Oregon has gone down often cited homelessness as a root cause.   

A hefty 69 percent said that social services including homelessness, mental health, and health care were underfunded. Another 52 percent said that K-12 education was also underfunded, with 58 percent overall expressing complete dissatisfaction with the quality of public schools.  

Economy 

The outlook on the economy is mixed. While 49 percent believe that it is currently growing, almost as many expect a downturn within the next year. At the same time, over half believe that their own financial situation will be improved by then. Many expect that their children will have to move to find a good job, ranging from 38 percent in the Willamette Valley to 72 percent in Southern and Coastal Oregon.  

Climate Change and Clean Energy Initiatives 

36 percent feel that the government is not doing enough about climate change. However, when asked how much they’d be willing to pay to address climate change, 40 percent were only willing to pay around $10 monthly, and 36 percent didn’t want to pay at all 

The initial results for a renewable energy ballot measure were 58 percent in favor, 32 percent opposed. However, after being informed that the measure would result in higher electrical bills, it became a 43/43 tie. A measure for a carbon free economy garnered similar results.  

Approval Ratings for Gov. Brown and the Legislature 

Disapproval outpaced approval for the state’s lawmakers, 37 percent disapproved of the state’s Legislature, and only 27 percent approved. Likewise, 52 percent disapproved of Gov. Kate Brown’s performance, and 37 percent approved.  

By Brandon Urey