Chris Dudley (R) Holds Slim Lead In Oregon Governor’s Race

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Chris Dudley (R) earning 47% of the vote to John Kitzhaber’s (D) 44%.  Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Last month, Dudley, a former professional basketball player turned businessman, led Kitzhaber by a virtually identical 47% to 45%. After winning their respective party primaries in mid-May, Dudley earned 45% support to Kitzhaber’s 44%.

Dudley leads his Democratic challenger by double digits among male voters in the state.  However, Kitzhaber, who already served as governor for two terms from 1995 to 2003, holds a slight advantage among females.  Voters not affiliated with either major political party favor the Republican by 10 points in this matchup.

Just four percent (4%) of Oregon voters describe the economy as good, while 60% say it’s poor. This is a higher level of pessimism than is found in most states nationally. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the economy is getting better, but 47% say it’s getting worse.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters who think the economy is improving favor Kitzhaber. Seventy-three percent (73%) of those who say it is worsening support Dudley.

An overwhelming majority (77%) of Oregon voters say the United States is in a recession, higher than the national average.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) say the $787-billion economic stimulus plan helped the economy, but 36% believe it hurt economically. This is higher confidence in the stimulus than is found nationally.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Oregon voters favor an Arizona-like immigration law in their state, comparable to findings nationwide.  Thirty percent (30%) oppose such legislation.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Oregon was conducted on July 26, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports

Contribute to Republican Chris Dudley’s Gubernatorial Bid in Oregon

Leave a Reply