Poll Shows 68% say government has enough money

House Republican Pres Release, February 19, 2007:

Moore Poll: Nearly Seven In Ten Oregonians Believe State Government Has Enough Money

Poll also finds “˜wasteful spending’ as most serious problem in state government

SALEM”” House Republicans today released a Jan. 23 Moore Information poll showing a strong majority of Oregonians remain strongly opposed to raising taxes. The poll was released as the Oregon Legislature considers tax increases, mostly on small businesses.

In the statewide survey of 500 Oregonians, 68 percent of respondents said they believed “state government has the money it needs, it just needs to spend it more wisely,” while only 28 percent believed state government “needs to raise taxes to fund additional programs.”

“The Moore poll should send a strong message to those at the Capitol who think it’s OK to raise taxes and spend money at unsustainable levels,” said House Republican Leader Wayne Scott (RCanby). “Oregonians are not convinced that state government is spending its money wisely, and pursuing tax increases will not restore the Legislature’s credibility. Oregonians will remember those who stood their ground for responsible government, and those who supported tax increases out of political expediency.”

House and Senate Democrats are advancing their proposals to divert the corporate kicker; both proposals would raise taxes on thousands of small businesses. The House Democratic proposal, HB 2707, enacts a one-time suspension of the corporate kicker and would require 40 votes in the House of Representatives. The Senate Democratic proposal would ask voters to enact a permanent repeal at a May special election, at the cost of over $1 million to taxpayers. The Moore poll also found that 31 percent of respondents said they believed “wasteful spending is the most serious problem” in state government today. Coincidently, 19 percent said they believe “elected officials who don’t listen to voters” was the most serious problem in government.

“The Legislature should remember that Oregonians rejected tax increases during special elections in 2003 and 2004,” Rep. Scott said. “Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature must be careful not to repeat this history.”


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  • Jerry

    It is no wonder people responded that way to the poll. Of course the state wastes money. They do it all the time.

    • Ted K

      The 32% that don’t think the State wastes money probably work
      for the State or other government branch. Talk about a train wreck coming………….Turn out the lights Oregon………..

  • John Fairplay

    Polls have shown for years that voters feel state government is bloated and wasteful, but they have consistently turned down opportunities to rein it in. Voters are going to get what they deserve out of this Legislature – higher taxes, higher fees, unsustainable spending growth and a “spending crisis” two years from now.

    • Tim Lyman

      Here, here.

    • Diania

      From my side of the fence I hear the same thing, bloated and wasteful, but when it comes to the freebies people want, they overlook that. Guess they never learned there is no free lunch. I think until people quit looking for handouts, we might get these guys shut down. Not before. I still vote against them.

  • Jay J

    Big Surprise, huh? I can’t imagine an organization that is more poorly managed. Waste on top of waste, on top of waste.

    Unfortunately, I don’t hold out much hope for change. I never hear of a program being cut or reduced and they keep coming back for more and more money.

    Public Safety and essential services take a back seat to wasteful programs like ECODEVO. This state is a house of cards, I wonder how long it will take to fall?

    Although it’s not a State project, Wapato Corectional is an example of the overall lack of common sense that prevails in Oregon.

  • Wayne Brady

    I think the most interesting number in the poll is the percentage of people that only 9 percent of the respondents think inadequate funding is the most important problem the state has. Most politicians think that inadequate funding is the MOST important problem the state has.

  • eagle eye

    Rep. Scott has the probably agenda-driven poll. The proponents of suspending the kicker probably have the votes of the legislators. Which counts more?

  • DeVietro

    Of course people voting different than they poll is nothing new. But its interesting to see that when Saxton ran on a “Cut gov waste” platform he lost big. If the people who said yes to this poll would have voted that way we would be done with the regime of Uncle Teddy.

  • Dave A.

    Thank heaven I am retiring in less than three years and will be long gone when the fiscal egg hits the fan here in Oregon.

  • Captain_Anon

    Interesting poll. But i think its very clear it was a biased poll and results driven. for example:
    1. There were only 5 answers to CHOOSE from for “most serious problems with the state” and an option for “don’t know” or ‘none’ – If it was left blank for people to fill in what they thought was the most serious, i bet you would get significantly different results. as anyone who has studied survey methods knows, labeling the question as it was sets up a result, especially only given 5 options. Where is not enough health care, or not enough spending on roads, or measure 37, or any other the other issues people feel are a serious problem? when it limits it to 5, it’s not hard to direct where that will go. especially with an option like, “wasteful” spending. what if it was just ‘spending?’ it could have affected the results greatly.

    2. the second question. again, you have 2 options: the one they want you to pick, or, that the government needs to raise taxes. It’s a no brainer what people would choose given the two biased options.

    if the republicans want a poll that they can really lean on and use to influence, it needs to be unbiased in how it asks questions. once they have that in hand, THEN, they can really hammer home thier point that the gov has enough money. but it won’t work as long as they provide polls that are obviously biased.

  • Marvin McConoughey

    Some waste is inevitable in a functioning government but Oregon’s various state, city, and county governments really could do better. The most distressing outcome of the last recession was the failure of governments to institute major structural spending reforms. We came out of the recession with much the same bad habits as we had going in. I believe that reform is not going to occur and that Oregon will continue to have a long-term economy that is tolerable but unimpressive.

  • Captain_Anon

    I’m curious what people on this board feel is an appropriate overall tax levied on them. 15, 20, 25?

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