PORTLAND, Ore. – A new poll shows two tax measures on Oregon's Jan. 26 ballot are now too close to call, suggesting the outcome hinges on which side turns out more of its supporters in the few days before ballots are due.
The new poll by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall Inc. showed supporters of Measures 66 and 67 retain narrow leads, but their edge has shrunk considerably since a poll by the same firm this past week.
Measure 66, an income tax increase for high-income individuals, is now leading 50 percent to 44 percent, Hibbitts said. Measure 67, a tax increase on some corporations and other businesses, is leading 48 percent to 45 percent.
The margin of error in the poll is 4.4 percent, meaning the results could be off that much in either direction.
Local math and science teachers were out in from of Portland's Central Library Saturday to encourage voters to support the measures. They say these measures will protect nearly $1 billion in funding for schools, health care and public safety.
"Experiments and subtraction lessons are best kept in the classroom," said one demonstrator, "not on the floor of the state legislature."