Little has changed in the race to be Oregonâ€™s next governor, with Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber still running neck-and-neck.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Dudley earning 47% of the vote to Kitzhaberâ€™s 44%.Â Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Last month, Dudley,Â 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.Â However, Kitzhaber, who already served as governor for two terms from 1995 to 2003, holds a slight advantage among females.Â 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 theÂ 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.
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.Â Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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