Amid a backdrop of crisis in the city of Portland, the contests for mayor and a City Council seat remain highly uncertain, according to a new poll taken for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The survey conducted from Oct. 7 to 11 shows that Mayor Ted Wheeler and challenger Sarah Iannarone are virtually tied, while 28% of voters remain undecided. Meanwhile, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly now finds herself running behind challenger Mingus Mapps by nine percentage points — but a whopping 40% of voters say they don't know who they are going to support.
Pollster John Horvick of DHM Research said the survey shows that many voters are struggling over who can best deal with homelessness, the COVID-19 pandemic and the nightly protests for racial justice that have often turned violent.
"But they know they are upset with the direction of the city," said Horvick, whose firm conducted the phone and online poll of 400 likely Portland voters. The survey, which has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points, found that 52% of voters say the city is on the wrong track, compared to 36% who say it is headed in the right direction.
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