Survey shows tight race for Portland mayor
Sarah Iannarone's campaign for Portland mayor released a survey it commissioned Tuesday showing her just one point behind incumbent Ted Wheeler.
The survey said that if the election was held today, 33% of respondents would vote for Wheeler, 32% would vote for Iannarone and 35% were not sure who they would vote for.
The survey also said 41% of respondents disapprove of Wheeler's job performance, 30% approve of it, and 29% are not sure.
According to the survey, 24% of respondents have a favorable opinion of Iannarone, 15% have an unfavorable opinion, and 61% are not sure.
Asked to choose which issue is most important, 24% said recovering from coronavirus, 22% said police issues, 20% said housing and homelessness, 17% said climate change, something else, and 4% said they were not sure.
In addition, 63% of respondents said they support reallocating funding from the Portland Police Bureau to the city's communities of color, 22% oppose do so, and 15% are not sure.
"I look forward to a conversation about the trajectory of our city. This election is not just about who should lead us through our COVID recovery but who's got the tools to help us realize the future Portlanders want. We deserve visionary leadership that believes in us, with the life experience to understand what we're going through, and with workable solutions for the problems my opponent has failed to solve," Iannarone said.
Wheeler's campaign said, "Mayor Wheeler remains focused on progressive, decisive leadership on both COVID recovery and addressing racial justice in our city. These issues are critical to building the kind of inclusive, safe, and equitable community we all deserve. We emerged from the primary in a very strong position, and will continue to pursue forthright conversations with voters, rooted in action, through the November election."
The survey of 992 Portlanders was conducted between June 17 and 18 by Public Policy Polling, which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company said 60% of interviews were conducted by text message and 40% by telephone.
Public Policy Polling does low-cost, high volume work for Democratic and progressive candidates. It has a "B" rating on the FiveThirtyEight website, which compiles polls and rates survey firms for accuracy.
Wheeler was forced into a runoff at the Nov. 3 general election because he received just under 50% of the vote. Iannarone received 24%.
You can read the survey here.
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