Poll: people reject double majority repeal

A new Riley Research Poll shows that voters do not want to scale back the Double Majority law. As I lobbied the Capitol on this issues, the politicians told me voters no longer cared for it. Turns out people do appreciate the protection of the Double Majority Law. It is no surprise to me since the voters have affirmed it at the ballot three times!

Oppose………………. 51%

Oppose somewhat.. 15%
Oppose strongly……36%


Support strongly……20%
Support somewhat..10%

(Don’t know / Unsure / Refused)

Here is some fo the polling details as offered by Riley Research:

Riley Research Associates conducted an omnibus survey among likely Oregon voters regarding their opinions on a variety of issues. The scientific telephone poll was conducted among 503 randomly selected registered likely voters throughout Oregon. A sample of 503 provides accuracy to within +/-4.37% at a 95% level of confidence. Fielding took place between April 30th and May 8th, 2007.

This poll defined “likely voters” as those who have voted in at least two of the following four elections: 2004 General, 2004 Primary, 2006 General, or 2006 Primary. In addition, those who voted only in the 2006 General election were also included.

Regional breakouts were defined for cross-tabulations. The counties were classified into the following regions:
– Portland Metro: Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington
– Willamette Valley: Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill
– Southern: Douglas, Jackson, Josephine
– Central/ Eastern: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wasco, Wallowa, Wheeler
– Coast: Clatsop, Coos, Curry, Lincoln, Tillamook

Question: One issue the legislature is looking at is the so-called double majority rule, which currently requires that for a money measure to pass without a turnout by a majority of eligible voters, it needs to be approved only in a General election.

Under the proposed change, a Primary election would be a second occasion that a money measure could pass without a majority of voters turning out. If this were on the ballot, would you vote to support the change or oppose it? (Strongly or somewhat?)