Poll: New voters change Oregon landscape

Riley Research just conducted a new poll on new voters and submitted an article for The Oregonian. Here are the highlights:

– 7% of voters in the 2006 election were new voters.

– New voters are surprisingly young voters:
Under 40 youth make up 43% of the new voters. Compare that to the fact that youth traditionally make up only 16% of the traditional electorate.

New voters by party registrtation:
Democrat 37%
Republican 33%
Independent 31%

New voter by issues:
Gay Rights 22%
Higher Ed 15%
Rainy Day Fund 13%

Traditional Voter issues:
School Funding 18%
Higher Ed. 16%
Environmental 13%

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  • CRAWDUDE

    There are plls like this after each election , none of which mean a thing to the next election. I’m not sure how these polling companies even make a living, they are not very accurate anymore. Even though I believe this one is.

    In November most of these issues aren’t a player so does that mean the same people won’t vote in the election? If so, this poll only showed how they voted in the last one, old news that we already knew.

  • responsibility

    Half of America doesn’t vote. It is noteworthy that 7% of the Oregon voters were new voters. Perhaps the under 40 crowd is beginning to understand their votes matter.

    • CRAWDUDE

      I think it’s only note worthy if those 7% always vote. As you pointed out, most American don’t vote; I’d be more interested if that same 7% voted in November.

      Personally I believe 7% first time voters in any election is probably fairly normal due to people turning 18 and voting……………traditionally they vote less and less after the first time according to the polling data.

      I’d be more interested in when the age an average person starts to vote regularly in their life. That would be a demographic that parties might be able to use during membership drives.

  • freedom advocate

    What will it take for Oregon to fight!? This thought control bill is being debated on the Senate floor TODAY, and our Senator Gordon Smith previously voted for the bill.

    Check out the video “Teletubby and Moses get arrested” at the U.S. Capitol in this demonstration about the Homosexual Agenda and its consequences on freedom of speech. Go to http://publicadvocateusa.org/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUBj51aLV1A

    This shows Public Advocate demonstrating in Washington, DC, protesting the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Protection Act (H.R. 1592), which would add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes.

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