Poll: Hales pulling away from Smith in mayoral race

Poll: Hales pulling away from Smith in mayoral race
Charlie Hales (left) and Jefferson Smith (right)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new poll shows Charlie Hales is pulling away from Jefferson Smith in the race for Portland mayor with less than one week before Election Day.

According to a new Survey USA poll conducted exclusively for KATU News, 45 percent of voters polled said they would vote for Hales if the election were held today, while 32 percent said they would vote for Smith.

24 percent of voters polled were undecided. The poll’s margin of error was +/- 4.3 percent.

The latest poll results came less than one month after revelations that Smith was involved in a fight with a woman when he was a college student at the University of Oregon in 1993. Smith said that hit the woman at a college party, but claimed he acted in self-defense. The altercation was first reported by Willamette Week.

Hales leads by 24 points among voters who said they’ve already turned in their ballots.

In a Survey USA poll for KATU News released on Oct. 10, 37 percent of voters polled supported Hales and 30 percent said they would vote for Smith.

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Voters split on Fluoridation, but majority wants public vote

Voters polled were still divided on the issue of Portland water fluoridation. 45 percent of voters polled said they support fluoridation, while 46 percent were against it.

Nine percent of voters polled were undecided. The margin of error was +/- 4.1 percent.

Regardless of whether or not voters support fluoridation, the poll shows voters believe they should have the final say on the issue.

76 percent of people polled said fluoridation should be decided by a vote of Portland residents, while 21 percent said the city council should decide. Three percent were not sure.

The poll’s margin of error was +/- 3.5 percent.

Room for movement in arts tax measure

The Portland City Arts Tax measure, which would create a $35 annual income tax to fund the arts and arts education, is too close to call.

36 percent of voters said they would vote for the tax, while 30 percent said they would not. 35 percent of voters polled said they were unsure.

There was a +/- 4.3 percent margin of error.

Similar support numbers for school bond, library tax ballot measures

The Portland School District bond measure is not as close. 48 percent of voters polled supported the measure, which would issue up to $482 million in bonds to improve Portland schools.

26 percent said they would not support the measure and 26 percent said they were undecided.
There was a +/- 4.3 percent margin of error.

The Multnomah County Library taxing district creation measure is also still holding a lead of nearly two to one.

The measure would create a dedicated fund for county libraries.

47 percent of voters support the measure, while 26 percent said they would vote no.

26 percent of voters were uncertain. The poll’s margin of error was +/- 3.7 percent.