If given the chance, Oregonians would reject Measure 37 if it appeared on the ballot today. In 2004, the measure passed with 61 percent of the vote in Oregon. But feelings have changed significantly in two years. This, according to a telephone survey of 500 Oregon voters conducted by Moore Information, January 23-24, 2007:
- 52% of respondents said they would vote against the measure if they could vote again today
- 37% said they would support it
An even bigger majority—nearly two thirds of Oregon voters (61%)—said they want the legislature to either fix or completely repeal Measure 37.
Only 31% of voters want the legislature to “keep its hands off” of the measure.
Moore Information is an opinion research firm based in Portland and best known for its work with Republican candidates in the region. The survey was conducted for multiple clients, including 1000 Friends of Oregon.
The findings bode well for a burgeoning number of citizens who would like to see the Oregon legislature do something about the issue.
Read Eric de Place’s take on recent developments in the “property wrongs” saga.
One must remember an important caveat: almost 1/8 of all US households are now without a landline (cell only), making representative samples harder to obtain; when using these types of small-sample polls, expect the opposition to bring this up.
I’m curious regarding the funding of the support for 37 originally. What can be learned from the experience? Did it come from developers, real estate opportunists, ag organizations like the Grange?Were voters mis-informed, hood-winked or what.