Three polls have Dudley tied or ahead in Oregon Governor’s race

Here are three recent Oregon polls have Chris Dudley ahead of John Kitzhaber, or tied in the race for Oregon governor.

Rassmussen Poll – June-21
Dudley 47%
Kitzhaber 45%

Hibbits Poll 6/21
Kitzhaber 41%
Dudley 41%


Survey USA Poll

Dudley 47%
Kitzhaber 40%
Wilson 6^

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  • ruth

    this is because we do not want K back in.

  • valley p

    Being a tall, nice guy is obviously a good enough qualification to run a multi billion dollar a year government for at least 4 out of 10 Oregonians.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Because of course those people could not have possibly considered Dudleys positions on the issues, or his debate performance, or might simply want a change from decades of Democrat governors.

      No of course not.

      Since they don’t think like you then obviously they are stupid because the only thing you can conceive of is they will vote for him based on his looks or nice guy-ness.

      The legendary liberal disdain rears its ugly head again.

      • a retired professor

        It would be nice if he had some government experience — the legislature, perhaps? Also if he had regularly voted.

        As it is, all he has going for him is his basketball career and, perhaps, his Yalie background, which may or may not be a help in Oregon.

        Still, given the dismal prospect of another round (or two) with Kitzhaber, I’ll listen to what he has to say, and see if he’s worth giving my vote.

    • Anonymous

      You forgot Ivy League educated and plays basketball. Hmm… what other inexperienced person can we think of who was recently elected by people who think that tall, nice guy, ivy league, and plays basketball qualify a person to lead a government?

      • eagle eye

        Hmmm …. are you talking about a certain Senator from Illinois who became President?

        Can you tell us what elective office Dudley has held?

        • Anonymous

          hmm… do you think we could maybe have even higher standards for the President than for a Governor?

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm, yeah, we could, but if we want to mock him for his qualifications, don’t leave out, uh, a major elective office like U.S. Senator.

            I’m not promoting Obama, but he did take the bother to be elected U.S. Senator before he ran for U.S. President (top executive position in the U.S. government). And before he ran for U.S. Senate he was something or other in Illinois, right? In other words he at least went through the motions of paying his dues.

            Now, Dudley is running for the top executive position in Oregon. Has he ever been an Oregon senator? A member of the Oregon House? A mayor perhaps, or a city councillor, or county commisioner? Maybe served on a library or school board? Have I missed something about his public service and experience?

            Or what are his other qualifications for elective office? What qualifies him to jump from elective nobody to Governor? Other than playing basketball, having a lot of money and rich pals, having been an investment advisor or something for a short time, and thinking it would be nice to be Governor, what does he have that should make people want to vote for him? What is it about him that will make him an effective Governor?

            I’m not knocking him exactly, I just want to know what should make me want to vote for him.

    • Bob Boikin

      Sometimes good ideas are preferred to the “qualifications” of a proven spendthrift.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Wow – And in other polls:

    Rasmussen reports 57% feel Hillary is qualified to be president, With Romney at 49%, Newt 35% and Palin 26%.

    I’m not sure about the last three but in terms of qualified to be president, Id definitely agree with the Hillary result.

    Frankly I doubt I would agree with her decisions any more than BO’s, but I do think she would do a little less of the juvenile blame game and if nothing else be a more decisive and less tedious president. She’s qualified as hell, and even if you don’t like her choices, she does make a decision and go with it. There isn’t the same pattern of calling in experts, getting their advice and then going with exactly the opposite of their recommendations as we had with the stimulus and recent oil moratorium.

    Hmm, Hillary challenging Obama? would sure make Democrats winning in 12 more palatable.

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker I made up a little bit into 2009

    HILLARY – NOT SO CRAZY NOW HUH?

    • valley p

      “Because of course those people could not have possibly considered Dudleys positions on the issues”

      Those would be what exactly? He is all for schools? All for the environment? all for cutting government spending? And debate performance? How many Oregonians do you think saw Dudley debate?

      “or might simply want a change from decades of Democrat governors”

      Bingo. That is his best hope. Vote for me because I’m not them. And I’m a nice guy. And really tall and I overcame diabetes. Its not a bad campaign really. If he ran as a Republican who actually wanted to implement Republican policies, that would be a problem.

      “the only thing you can conceive of is they will vote for him based on his looks or nice guy-ness.”

      40% will vote for him because he is not the other guy, period. Even Bill Sizemore got nearly that number. That means he only has to convince another 10% that he is a reasonably safe choice. What is amazing to me is that we would never hire someone to design a bridge who had not bothered to study engineering, but we will elect someone governor who has never served in government at any level…not even a school board.

      “Rasmussen reports 57% feel Hillary is qualified to be president, With Romney at 49%, Newt 35% and Palin 26%.”

      I want to know who those 26% are. Are you one of them? Hell, I would be among the 35% who think Newt is “qualified” for the job. I think he would be terrible in it and awful to watch, but he is at least intelligent and qualified. But Palin? Please. She has disqualified herself through over confidence combined with willful ignorance.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >Those would be what exactly?

        Oh good lord – Ok, so you don’t know anything about him.

        Maybe you should start making fun of yourself?

        >Bingo. That is his best hope.

        Why? Because you haven’t followed Dudleys campaign you assume no one else has?

        >40% will vote for him because he is not the other guy, period.

        Why? Because you say so and put a period after it?

        >But Palin? Please. She has disqualified herself through over confidence combined with willful ignorance.

        Is that Palin or Obama?

        To use your lingo – Over confident? check.

        Willful ignorance? – Check. On taxes he had no concept even when Charlie Gibson pointed it out to him that raising taxes on capitol gains results in less revenue. Foreign policy? He probably moved the Iranian nuclear program along more than any single individual, he got Israel to hate us, Der Spiegal is wondering if Obama is the next Jimmy Carter, The French president is pondering if Obama is insane. Turkey, our only NATO Muslim ally is now openly sending ships to run navel blockades and on top of all that Obama managed to get India to flat out reject any limits on carbon emissions.

        On the stimulus package Obama ignored every economists recommendations that if he was going to spend money then he should learn from Japans lost decade of the 90’s and get the money out sooner rather than later. The money went out slow and unemployment exceeded even his own estimates by two points. Talk about willful ignorance.

        On the oil moratorium – His panel of experts advised against the moratorium. He went in exactly the opposite direction. It doesn’t get any more willfully ignorant than that.

        Is Palin inexperienced? Certainly not less than Obama when he took office, and you voted for him.

        Is she more wilfully ignorant than Obama? Not by a long shot.

        That said, at this stage it would be hard to make the argument she would be a good president.

        Then again its hard to make the case that Obama has been a good president thus far.

        • valley p

          Oh boy. Turning a discussion of Dudley to Obama. You seem to turn very discussion to Obama, have you noticed that? I mean he is like an obsession with you.

          What Dudley campaign? What are his positions Rupert, other than the ones I parodied above? You tell me, because I have not heard a thing other than what I stated. And yes I do follow these things more closely than the average voter.

          Yes, I agree Obama has a high level of confidence in himself. Higher than I do in him. That confidence made it possible for him to run for president, but his obvious grasp of issues helped him win it.

          Stop with the capital gains nonsense already. There is no direct cause and effect between capital gains tax rates and total revenues other than a short term boost because people can back date their tax claims. Tax receipts from capital gains are dependent on business cycles, what the rate is set at over a short term does not matter. When companies are profitable people realize capital gains and pay taxes on whatever the rate happens to be.

          Here is a discussion even you could get: https://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2008/01/28/do_capital_gains_tax_cuts_incr/

          Yeah right…Obama has boosted Iran. How so exactly? By not bombing them or threatening to? News flash Rupert, Iran wants a bomb so they don’t end up like Iraq. You have Bush to than for that one. Israel does not “hate” us. They don’t like being pushed. Too bad. They need to be pushed for their own good, but especially for OUR own good. Obama is not president of Israel.

          You relying on the French president for an assessment of Obama is pretty funny. Lets not even go there ok? And Turkey? Their little event just succeeded. Israel lifted the ridiculous, counterproductive blockade that prevented kids toys from going in and Gazan produce from going out.

          “Obama ignored every economists recommendations that if he was going to spend money then he should learn from Japans lost decade of the 90’s and get the money out sooner rather than later. ”

          Utter nonsense. Every economist? Every single one? Where do you get this stuff? And what was he supposed to do Rupert, drop cash from airplanes? The unemployment rate went up over his staff estimates even BEFORE the stimulus bill became law. Shoveling it out faster would not have impacted that at all.

          “His panel of experts advised against the moratorium.”

          You really think it is a good idea to keep poking more holes in the sea floor 4000 feet below the ocean surface when you have a gusher that is destroying an ecosystem and no means to turn it off? You need an expert for that? What the experts advised against was a BLANKET moratorium. They felt there was some drilling in some places that was safe enough. But if I were in Obama’s shoes, given that he had been advised by the same experts that deep water drilling was perfectly safe, it is understandable he went for the full Monty. Fool me once, etc….

          Caution after being burned is not willful ignorance. It is wisdom.

          “Is Palin inexperienced? Certainly not less than Obama when he took office, and you voted for him.”

          Yes, she is less experienced, both in life and in politics. She didn’t even have a passport until I think last week.

          “Is she more wilfully ignorant than Obama? Not by a long shot.”

          By any shot…long, short, or medium. She is a sound bite. A twitter feed. She gets so many facts wrong each day I can’t keep up. So I guess you are one of the 26% then. How does that feel?

          “Then again its hard to make the case that Obama has been a good president thus far. ”

          Hard for you maybe. No one can prove a negative, but he probably kept the American and world economy from sinking into a much deeper recession/depression. He has us growing again while Japan and Europe remain stuck. He managed to pass a health care bill that extends insurance to nearly every American, a goal that eluded every prior Democratic president. He is doing all he can to help us get into the 21st century on energy. He is on the cusp of a major reform to the financial system that may prevent a future replay of financial collapse. He is near ending the ridiculous ban on gay people serving their country. Its not morning in America yet, but there is a little light on the horizon.

          In short, in spite of not following your terrific advice on economics, energy, and foreign policy he has managed to get the car jacked up and nearly out of the ditch Junior, the guy you think WAS a good president, drove it into. That alone is a good first step for year 1.4. With 6.6 more to go, the sky is the limit.

  • Tom Cox

    Meanwhile, Blue Oregon are so desperate they’re going for the McCarthyite tactics early — accusing Dudley of “defending a child molester.” If anybody were to bother reading the details, they’d see that Dudley took no position on the accused man’s innocence — instead, Dudley showed the moral courage to honestly tell investigators about his own first-hand and highly relevant experiences with the accused.

    Apparently Blue Oregon hatchet-woman Carla Axtman believes, if someone is accused of a serious crime and you have relevant personal experiences you are asked to relate to investigators, you should lie. Way to go, Carla. You’ll recall Axtman is the blogger who received a stolen image of one of my personal checks — an image she knew had been emailed to a large number of people — and refused to tell me who stole it, or even see it. I had to close that bank account, and to this day we don’t know who did it. Nor did she ever express the slightest concern for my situation, my sense of violation, or my obvious risk of ID theft.

    If this is the best the bloggers of Blue Oregon can manage, Dudley’s as good as elected.

  • Bronch O’Humphrey

    Let’s please stop using his Yale “education” to say he’s qualified to be governor. He went to Yale the same way Bush Jr. did: his daddy and granddaddy went to Yale.

    Four years of cocaine and grade inflation by TAs does not an education make.

    • eagle eye

      You know something about Dudley’s grades? You know something about drug use, cocaine? Please let us know if you have something, otherwise, why the insinuation and slander?