Riley Poll: Portlanders on Legislature & Mayor

Latest poll from Riley Research on Portland area citizens. Full report here.

Opinion of Legislature (Portland area):
38% positive,
27% negative,
35% neutral or unsure.

Opinion of Tom Potter
45% Positive
32% Neutral or unsure
23% Negative

Opinion of Portland City Council:
40% Positive
35% Unsure
25% Negative

1. Q1. In terms of the job the 2007 Oregon Legislature is doing, is your opinion generally positive or negative? (Is that somewhat or very?) Portland area respondents had mixed views of the Oregon Legislature although generally more positive than negative: 38 percent positive, 27 percent negative, and 35 percent neutral or unsure.

Men were more likely than women to have a positive view (43 percent vs. 34 percent), while women were more likely neutral or unsure. Democrats were significantly more likely than others to have a positive view (48 percent), followed by Republicans (34 percent), and others (23 percent). Those not affiliated with either Republicans or Democrats were most likely to have a negative view (40 percent).

Q2. In terms of the job Portland Mayor Tom Potter is doing, is your opinion generally positive or negative? (Somewhat or very?)

Many of those throughout the region view the job Portland Mayor Tom Potter is doing as positive (45 percent), while one-third are unsure or neutral (32 percent), and roughly one in four had a negative view (23 percent).

A majority of those living within Portland gave the mayor a positive rating (52 percent), compared to just 41 percent among those outside the city, although those outside the city were not more negative, rather more neutral or unsure.

Men were much more likely than women to express negative views (30 percent vs. 18 percent). Democrats had a positive view at 55 percent (15 percent negative), and while 38 percent of Republicans had a negative view of the mayor, 30 percent had a positive opinion).

Q3. In terms of the job the rest of the Portland City Council is doing, is your opinion generally positive or negative? (Somewhat or very?)

The largest percentage of respondents viewed the job the rest of the Portland City Council is doing in generally positive terms (40 percent), followed by a significant number who were unsure (35 percent), with just one in four expressing negative views (25 percent).

Among those inside the Portland city limits, a majority (55 percent) had a positive view, and fewer than one-in-six was negative (17 percent).

Likewise, the council is well regarded close to home, but more negatively regarded in some surrounding counties. The largest percentage of positive ratings came from Multnomah County residents (53 percent), followed by Washington County (40 percent), Clackamas County (33 percent), and Clark County (20 percent).

Full report here.

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  • NEM

    Too bad none of them break 50%. Wonder what that would take.

  • Bad Boy Brown

    Did anyone notic that if they simply put a (D) behind a candidate’s name in Portland; they automatically win the election? Portland voters have proven they are SHEEPLE when it comes to leadership.

  • eagle eye

    Looks like Portlanders are generally happy with what they’re getting.