Polling News

April 6, 2018

POLL: Most Oregon Voters Want Gov. Brown to Veto SB 1528

PORTLAND, OR – The Clout Research survey of likely voters statewide in Oregon shows a convincing majority of voters want Governor Brown to veto SB 1528, which could result in a hefty tax hike for many Oregon taxpayers and business owners.

The survey shows 53% of likely Oregon voters want Governor Brown to veto the measure, while just 18% said they want her to sign it into law. Another 29% said they were unsure on the question. Opposition to the bill spans party, gender, and age demographics. Governor Brown must make a decision on what to do with the bill Friday.

Democrats are evenly split on the question, with 28% favoring her signing SB 1528 and 31% saying she should veto the bill. A plurality of Democrats – 42% – were unsure on the question. Meanwhile, Republicans are clearly wanting Governor Brown to veto the bill. More than three out of four Republicans – 77% – want the bill vetoed. Just 8% of Republicans said they favored the bill becoming law, while 16% of Republicans said they were not sure.

A key finding of the survey involved political independents – 57% of which said they want SB 1528 to be vetoed. Just 17% said they want Governor Brown to sign the bill into law, while 26% of independents said they were not sure.

Women are much more in favor of a veto of the bill than are men. While 56% of women want Governor Brown to veto the bill, 49% of men agree. But among both genders, far more voters favor veto over having SB 1528 becoming law.

The telephone survey of 425 likely voters statewide in Oregon was conducted April 3-5, 2018. It included interviews with both voters in landline households and cell phone-only households. It carries a confidence interval of 95% and a margin of error of +/- 4.73 percentage points.