Poll: Most voters happy with TriMet, city government
It should be obvious, but a new Metro poll shows the protesters who frequently disrupt City Council meetings don't speak for most Portlanders.
The FM3 poll released on Jan. 25 found that 52 percent of voters in the region have a favorable view of their city government, compared to 38 percent who have an unfavorable view. The government entity viewed most positively was TriMet with a 73 percent favorable rating, compared to just 21 percent who view it unfavorably. The federal government was least popular, with only 26 percent viewing it favorably and 69 percent having an unfavorable opinion of it.
The elected regional government commissioned the poll in early January to help the Metro Council craft a transportation funding measure for the 2020 November ballot. Fifty-three percent of voters view Metro favorably, compared to 27 percent who view it unfavorably.
Transit not top regional priority
Although Metro is considering a November 2020 transportation funding measure in large part to help pay for the proposed Southwest Corridor MAX line, its new poll shows voters have other priorities.
According to the new FM3 poll, only 43 percent of voters in the region consider improving transit important. Issues that ranked higher include supporting quality schools (87 percent), improving roads and bridges to reduce congestion (78 percent), having enough affordable housing (74 percent), creating more jobs (71 percent), and providing housing for the homeless (63 percent).
A full 78 percent also prioritized protecting natural areas and wildlife habitats. That should please the Metro Council, since it is planning to place a measure extending its parks bond on the November 2019 ballot.
Unsuccessful candidates won't go away
Two unsuccessful Republican nominees for Oregon governor are keeping in the public eye.
Former state Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend has launched an email newsletter called "Knute's News." The first edition praises Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, a former House Democratic leader, for recusing herself from the Bureau of Labor and Industry's sexual harassment investigation into the Oregon Legislature.
It also criticizes Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for considering bringing back the double health coverage for public employees that was repealed in 2017.
Brown defeated Buehler for governor last year.
And Salem physician Bud Pierce, who was defeated by Brown in 2016, has launched a podcast called "Oregon Crossroads." He thinks state spending under Brown and an Oregon Legislature controlled by supermajorities of Democrats in both chambers could contribute to an economic crisis, according to the Capital Insider.
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