Excerpts from Dec 2, 2014,Riley Research Poll on Portland street tax…
Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in the City of Portland are opposed to the new personal income and business tax (63%), including 50% who strongly oppose the proposed new tax. With 26% in support of the new tax, 11% are undecided.
Likely voters age 18-34 were slightly more likely to support the proposed tax (34%), although a plurality of voters in that age group oppose it (47%). Pre-retirement voters (those 55-64) were most likely to oppose the new tax (72%).
More than eight-in-ten voters (83%) feel that the decision about whether or not to implement the new tax should be referred to the voters, including 71% who strongly support referring the decision to the voters. About one-in-eight voters support a decision by the council alone (13%), and only 4% were undecided on the issue.
The referral-to-voters option is favored by 76% of Democrats and by more than 90% of those representing all other political stripes.
Some two-thirds of voters (65%) would be less likely to support the re-election of Mayor Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, should they decide to block a referral of the new tax to a vote of the people (including 49% who would be much less likely to support their re-election). With just 3% of voters saying they would be more likely to re-elect them, 31% indicated that this issue would make no difference.
While 58% of Democrats would be less likely to re-elect Hales and Novick, 38% said the issue would make no difference.