A new survey of the major Oregon ballot measures shows that just one — to would legalize marijuana — has support from a majority of voters.
Meanwhile, the Oct. 8-11 survey taken for Oregon Public Broadcasting shows that a strong majority of 60 percent of voters oppose allowing driver cards for immigrants who can’t show they are in the country legally.
Finally, the survey shows a close battle on whether to require labeling of genetically altered foods and that large percentages of voters are undecided on whether to revamp Oregon’s primary system or float state bonds to provide more money for scholarships.
Overall, the poll shows a lot of uncertainty in the ballot measure races that could be heavily influenced by voter turnout and by political advertising in the run-up to the Nov. 4 voting deadline.
The one exception is the referendum on a 2013 law passed by the Legislature that calls for the creation of driver cards for people who can’t show proof of legal residency.
The OPB poll of 516 likely voters shows that 60 percent are either firmly against Measure 88 or leaning against it while only 31 percent express support. Another 8 percent are undecided. Those kinds of numbers spell likely defeat for the measure.
Support for the marijuana measure has appeared to solidify during the fall as proponents have spent heavily on TV advertising while opponents have run only a bare-bones campaign. At this point, 52 percent support Measure 91 while 41 percent are opposed.
Meanwhile, support for labeling of genetically altered food has declined as opponents have spent heavily against Measure 92. Proponents, however, have raised enough to conduct their own major ad campaign and the poll shows the voters in flux.
At this point, 49 percent said they are in favor and 44 percent say …read more