Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #14432
 
Oregon Men Take A 2nd Look At Merkley, Who Catches Smith In Bid To Capture US Senate Seat For Democrats: In an election in Oregon today, 09/25/08, 40 days until votes are counted, Democrats at the top of the ballot both have momentum, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU-TV in Portland, and for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill. For President, Barack Obama today defeats John McCain 52% to 41%, an 8-point improvement for Obama compared to a SurveyUSA poll released 7 weeks ago, when Obama defeated McCain by 3 points, within that poll's margin of sampling error. Among men, McCain had led by 5, now trails by 7, a 12-point swing to the Democrat. Among voters older than Barack Obama but younger than John McCain, McCain had led by 9, now trails by 11, a 20-point swing to the Democrat. In Eastern OR, McCain had led by 14, now trails by 5, a 19-point swing to the Democrat. Among college grads, Obama had led by 3, now leads by 17, a 14-point swing to the Democrat. Among Independents, Obama's lead has doubled. Among higher-income voters, Obama is 8 points better than was was in August.

For the United States Senate seat held by Republican Gordon Smith, the contest today is effectively even, Merkley 44%, Smith 42%, a 14-point improvement for Merkley compared to a SurveyUSA poll released 7 weeks ago, when, Smith led by 12. But: Constitution party candidate Dave Brownlow gets 8% in SurveyUSA polling today, and an additional 6% remain undecided, making the contest difficult to handicap. Among men, Smith led by 16 in August, trails by 7 today. In greater Portland, Smith led by 11 points in August, trails by 6 points today. Among voters under age 50, Smith led by 11 points in August, trails by 8 today. Among Moderates, Smith led by 4 points in August, trails by 7 points today. Among those who have not graduated from college, Smith led by 13 in August, trails by 3 today. Among lower income voters, Smith led by 6 points in August, trails by 6 points today. Brownlow is in double digits among Independents, voters who disapprove of Smith, disapprove of Obama, and voters who earn less than $50,000 a year.

Smith has a Net Favorability of Minus 11. Merkley has a Net Favorability of Minus 5. McCain has a Net Favorability of Zero. Obama has a Net Favorability of Plus 17. 24% in Oregon approve of the job that President Bush is doing. 13% approve of the job the US Congress is doing. Asked which of 8 issues was most important, more voters picked the economy than the other 7 issues combined. Voters focused on the economy back Obama by 13 points, back Merkley by 3 points.

 
Filtering / Context: 900 Oregon adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA 09/22/08 through 09/23/08. Interviews were conducted at a time of economic turbulence. Of the adults, 809 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 708 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote on or before Election Day. John Kerry carried Oregon's 7 Electoral Votes by 4 points in 2004. Gordon Smith was elected to his 2nd term in the United States Senate in 2002 with 56% of the vote.
 
If the election for President were today, would you vote for ... (choices rotated) Republican John McCain? Democrat Barack Obama? Or one of the other candidates?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
McCain (R)41%42%39%32%43%40%46%39%43%38%47%42%40%**59%**79%9%37%85%33%5%86%3%32%5%92%50%64%22%44%13%64%40%94%19%32%46%40%16%24%26%87%**24%72%33%88%6%64%**51%83%24%39%42%62%38%25%70%23%34%44%40%42%
Obama (D)52%49%55%56%53%52%48%54%51%54%45%53%53%**40%**12%88%51%8%60%94%11%94%56%94%1%30%26%72%52%84%28%55%4%72%62%48%53%83%68%71%11%**58%19%61%7%90%32%**45%15%70%56%49%30%54%69%22%71%56%50%55%47%
Other4%4%4%6%2%4%5%4%4%4%6%3%4%**1%**3%2%10%7%3%1%2%3%10%0%7%12%5%4%3%1%6%3%2%5%5%4%5%1%2%3%2%**1%8%4%3%5%2%**2%2%4%4%4%3%5%5%3%5%5%4%4%4%
Undecided3%4%2%7%1%3%2%3%2%4%2%3%3%**0%**6%1%2%1%4%1%2%0%3%1%0%8%6%2%1%2%2%1%0%4%1%2%2%0%7%0%0%**17%0%2%2%0%1%**2%0%2%2%4%5%2%2%5%2%5%2%1%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
Voters will also elect a United States Senator. If the election for United States Senator were today, would you vote for ... (choices rotated) Republican Gordon Smith? Democrat Jeff Merkley? Or Constitution Party candidate Dave Brownlow?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Gordon Smith (R)42%40%43%36%43%41%47%40%44%40%48%42%42%**34%**75%15%36%72%40%12%74%12%35%18%71%55%87%6%49%2%72%40%81%26%37%43%42%2%28%45%78%**48%52%36%80%19%60%**50%76%25%42%41%61%43%26%65%28%39%44%40%45%
Jeff Merkley (D)44%47%42%54%44%42%38%48%40%48%37%42%44%**58%**14%71%45%11%47%79%12%75%49%70%14%29%9%77%36%97%6%48%8%60%56%42%45%84%57%43%8%**44%23%50%6%69%25%**33%12%62%44%44%26%43%59%18%60%45%44%46%42%
Dave Brownlow (C)8%9%8%5%7%11%9%6%10%6%9%10%9%**1%**7%6%15%11%8%2%8%6%11%6%12%5%2%14%7%1%16%6%7%8%4%10%7%9%8%4%9%**2%20%7%10%7%14%**9%8%7%8%8%9%8%8%9%8%11%6%8%8%
Undecided6%5%7%5%7%5%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%**8%**5%8%4%6%5%7%5%6%5%6%4%10%2%4%7%0%5%5%4%6%4%5%6%6%6%8%5%**6%5%7%3%5%1%**8%4%6%6%6%4%6%7%8%5%5%6%6%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
3Is your opinion of John McCain ... favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of John McCain?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Favorable39%40%38%25%45%40%44%37%41%35%46%41%39%**34%**75%10%32%77%37%7%100%0%0%11%78%48%65%20%43%12%63%37%91%19%37%43%37%8%29%23%82%**27%66%31%87%9%59%**49%78%21%39%38%56%40%24%63%24%33%40%38%41%
Unfavorable39%36%42%43%37%41%35%39%39%41%34%39%39%**37%**7%68%35%13%37%76%0%100%0%68%6%14%16%61%30%66%20%40%3%54%42%37%38%81%47%54%12%**40%12%44%5%78%20%**29%8%55%43%35%21%41%53%16%53%44%38%40%36%
Neutral19%20%18%24%16%18%21%19%19%19%19%19%18%**29%**13%19%31%10%24%13%0%0%100%18%16%35%15%18%24%19%16%22%6%23%20%18%24%11%19%22%5%**16%12%22%8%11%18%**20%13%22%17%22%19%16%21%16%21%18%20%20%17%
No Opinion3%5%2%9%3%1%1%5%1%5%1%1%3%**0%**5%2%3%1%2%3%0%0%0%3%0%3%4%2%2%2%1%1%0%4%1%2%1%0%5%0%0%**17%9%2%0%2%4%**2%1%2%1%5%4%4%2%5%2%6%2%2%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
4Is your opinion of Barack Obama ... favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of Barack Obama?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Favorable51%49%54%53%54%53%42%54%49%54%40%52%51%**53%**16%83%49%10%59%90%15%90%47%100%0%0%32%68%46%83%29%52%9%69%66%46%54%92%59%61%8%**52%19%58%10%87%33%**44%16%67%57%46%32%54%65%23%68%52%50%54%46%
Unfavorable34%36%33%33%33%34%38%33%36%33%38%35%34%**47%**65%8%36%78%22%4%69%5%29%0%100%0%51%22%37%11%59%29%79%18%26%40%33%3%18%24%78%**17%70%25%78%11%55%**43%72%20%32%37%52%30%23%61%19%31%38%33%36%
Neutral11%11%12%6%13%9%17%10%13%9%18%12%12%**0%**14%8%13%9%17%5%14%4%21%0%0%100%12%8%14%6%11%16%11%10%5%12%12%5%21%15%9%**9%5%15%11%2%8%**11%11%11%11%12%12%15%9%13%11%11%12%11%13%
No Opinion3%5%2%8%1%3%2%3%3%4%4%2%3%**0%**5%2%2%2%2%1%2%1%3%0%0%0%5%1%3%0%1%3%1%3%2%2%1%0%3%0%4%**22%5%2%1%0%3%**2%1%2%1%5%5%1%3%4%2%6%1%2%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
5If your opinion of Gordon Smith is...
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Favorable31%31%31%31%24%32%39%27%36%27%39%33%31%**26%**54%14%23%54%30%10%52%12%25%19%47%33%100%0%0%8%52%25%56%21%34%31%31%11%20%34%43%**45%36%29%59%21%31%**30%52%21%32%29%47%34%17%49%20%28%33%28%37%
Unfavorable42%45%40%43%41%45%40%42%43%41%39%44%43%**53%**21%59%49%21%42%66%21%66%40%56%27%31%0%100%0%80%26%31%17%54%51%43%42%69%58%35%24%**25%33%42%25%62%21%**45%24%53%44%41%29%38%55%23%54%45%41%45%38%
Neutral22%20%24%17%27%21%19%23%20%24%20%20%22%**14%**22%21%24%22%23%19%24%17%28%20%24%27%0%0%100%11%21%41%25%20%13%22%21%16%17%27%32%**29%26%23%16%13%42%**15%22%20%20%24%20%21%23%23%21%24%20%22%21%
No Opinion5%4%5%8%7%2%1%8%2%8%2%2%4%**8%**3%6%4%3%5%6%2%5%7%5%3%9%0%0%0%2%1%2%2%5%2%4%6%4%5%4%2%**2%5%7%0%4%5%**10%2%6%3%6%4%7%4%6%4%3%6%5%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
6If your opinion of Jeff Merkley is...
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Favorable30%34%26%31%28%30%30%29%30%29%29%31%29%**43%**9%49%26%7%31%54%9%50%30%48%9%15%7%56%14%100%0%0%4%40%40%27%28%51%42%30%7%**26%16%32%3%49%16%**23%10%39%29%29%17%31%38%10%41%27%30%29%30%
Unfavorable35%34%36%28%35%37%40%32%39%31%36%40%35%**29%**50%19%42%62%33%11%57%18%29%20%60%35%58%22%33%0%100%0%62%25%24%40%34%14%27%39%70%**16%54%30%75%24%50%**37%66%23%36%35%48%35%25%51%26%36%36%35%35%
Neutral25%22%28%19%28%25%26%24%25%24%30%24%26%**14%**27%26%22%24%24%28%24%25%29%25%21%36%20%18%47%0%0%100%23%25%24%25%27%25%24%27%15%**29%15%26%18%17%29%**24%17%29%26%24%23%23%28%25%25%26%25%26%23%
No Opinion11%10%11%23%9%8%4%15%6%16%5%6%10%**14%**15%6%11%7%12%8%10%6%12%7%9%15%14%4%6%0%0%0%11%10%12%8%10%11%7%4%8%**29%15%12%4%11%5%**16%7%8%9%12%12%11%8%14%8%10%9%10%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
7Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing as President?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Approve24%25%23%16%27%25%27%23%26%21%27%26%24%**32%**53%3%17%59%16%2%56%2%7%4%55%23%43%10%28%4%43%22%100%0%32%25%21%9%15%11%70%**20%36%21%63%1%35%**28%57%9%26%22%40%23%11%44%12%20%25%23%26%
Disapprove70%71%69%79%68%69%64%73%67%74%60%69%70%**65%**36%95%77%31%77%97%34%98%83%93%36%64%47%89%63%95%49%70%0%100%67%70%72%91%81%83%22%**75%53%74%25%99%56%**62%35%87%71%69%51%71%85%47%84%76%68%71%69%
Not Sure6%4%8%4%5%6%9%5%7%5%12%5%6%**3%**11%2%6%10%7%0%10%0%10%2%8%13%10%1%9%1%8%8%0%0%2%6%7%0%5%6%9%**5%10%5%12%1%9%**10%9%4%3%9%9%6%4%9%4%4%7%7%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
8Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the job the United States Congress is doing?
708 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Approve13%11%14%15%16%12%6%15%9%16%7%10%14%**0%**12%15%9%6%16%15%12%14%13%16%10%6%14%15%8%17%8%12%17%12%100%0%13%14%12%15%11%**20%0%16%4%16%5%**11%10%14%17%8%13%13%12%10%14%9%14%13%12%
Disapprove68%73%64%54%68%73%76%62%74%62%74%74%68%**72%**70%61%80%80%65%62%75%65%64%61%79%74%67%68%70%63%77%68%70%68%0%100%70%60%62%68%72%**34%97%63%83%64%89%**64%78%65%64%72%69%68%68%73%66%67%68%67%69%
Not Sure19%16%23%31%16%15%18%22%16%22%19%16%19%**28%**18%24%11%14%19%23%13%22%23%22%12%20%19%17%22%20%14%20%14%20%0%0%17%26%26%17%16%**46%3%21%12%21%6%**25%12%21%19%20%18%20%20%17%20%24%18%20%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%48%52%21%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%89%1%6%5%35%42%20%26%38%22%39%39%19%51%34%11%31%42%22%30%35%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
9Which one issue should congress focus on ahead of all others? (choices rotated) The economy? The environment? Health care? Iraq? Terrorism? The price of gasoline? Education? Immigration? Or some other issue?
673 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Economy51%51%52%44%54%50%56%50%53%48%57%53%51%**58%**50%51%53%50%58%43%49%50%63%54%49%52%50%52%48%51%49%55%45%53%53%53%100%0%0%0%0%**0%0%51%44%54%53%**51%51%54%50%52%52%46%53%49%53%48%54%52%50%
Environment6%8%5%10%7%6%2%8%4%8%1%5%6%**9%**2%9%9%2%3%18%1%13%4%11%1%3%2%10%4%11%2%6%2%8%7%6%0%100%0%0%0%**0%0%9%0%9%0%**3%0%10%9%4%2%6%10%3%8%7%7%7%5%
Health Care10%8%12%13%8%11%10%10%11%10%10%11%11%**1%**8%12%9%3%12%16%8%12%10%12%5%19%7%14%8%15%8%10%6%12%10%10%0%0%100%0%0%**0%0%11%5%16%5%**12%5%12%9%11%10%10%11%7%12%14%8%9%12%
Iraq7%6%7%5%6%8%8%6%8%6%7%8%7%**8%**4%9%7%4%8%8%4%9%8%8%5%9%7%6%8%7%7%7%3%8%8%7%0%0%0%100%0%**0%0%8%4%12%6%**2%4%7%8%6%6%9%6%6%8%5%8%8%5%
Terrorism7%6%8%5%7%8%9%6%9%6%10%8%7%**11%**15%3%3%16%6%2%16%2%2%1%16%6%10%4%10%2%14%4%21%2%7%8%0%0%0%0%100%**0%0%7%20%2%12%**7%17%2%6%9%12%6%5%13%3%7%7%7%7%
Gasoline3%3%2%6%3%1%2%4%1%4%1%1%3%**0%**3%3%1%4%2%2%4%2%1%2%5%1%5%2%2%2%4%2%5%2%2%3%0%0%0%0%0%**0%0%2%10%3%5%**2%7%1%2%4%1%6%2%4%2%2%3%3%3%
Education6%7%6%14%6%3%4%9%4%10%4%3%6%**6%**6%7%5%4%6%7%5%7%5%7%3%5%9%4%8%6%3%7%5%7%10%3%0%0%0%0%0%**100%0%5%2%3%5%**9%3%6%8%5%8%5%6%6%7%8%5%5%10%
Immigration6%6%5%3%5%7%7%4%7%4%8%6%6%**5%**9%3%5%12%4%2%9%2%3%2%11%2%6%4%7%3%8%3%8%4%0%8%0%0%0%0%0%**0%100%4%13%1%12%**7%11%4%5%6%6%7%4%8%4%5%6%6%5%
Other2%3%1%1%3%1%1%2%1%2%1%2%2%**2%**2%1%5%3%1%1%2%1%2%1%4%1%2%2%1%1%2%3%2%2%2%2%0%0%0%0%0%**0%0%0%2%0%3%**6%2%2%3%1%2%3%1%2%1%2%2%2%1%
Not Sure1%1%2%0%1%4%1%0%3%0%1%3%2%**0%**1%2%2%1%1%1%2%1%2%2%1%3%2%1%3%1%1%3%1%2%1%1%0%0%0%0%0%**0%0%2%0%0%0%**0%1%2%1%2%1%2%2%1%1%2%1%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%47%53%22%31%26%21%53%47%47%12%41%89%1%6%4%35%42%20%27%38%22%39%39%19%51%35%12%31%42%22%28%36%26%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%6%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%61%37%63%66%34%
 
 
10Who is most responsible for the price of gasoline? Oil companies? Environmentalists? The President? The United States Congress? State policy makers? Foreign governments? Or none of these? ...
662 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Oil Companies44%38%49%37%47%45%44%43%45%42%40%47%45%**35%**37%52%41%34%46%60%36%49%52%50%31%56%40%44%46%49%37%45%39%46%55%41%44%62%50%51%42%**37%32%100%0%0%0%**0%31%49%45%42%43%45%43%40%47%47%41%44%43%
Environmentalists10%10%10%7%7%11%15%7%13%7%19%11%10%**7%**21%2%7%25%7%1%22%1%4%2%22%9%18%6%7%1%21%7%26%3%3%12%8%0%5%6%26%**3%22%0%100%0%0%**0%30%2%9%10%15%8%6%18%5%8%11%9%11%
The President11%10%11%18%10%8%7%13%8%14%7%8%10%**5%**4%17%9%3%11%15%2%21%6%18%3%2%7%16%6%18%7%7%0%15%13%10%11%15%17%18%2%**5%2%0%0%100%0%**0%2%15%8%13%7%10%14%7%13%11%11%12%8%
Congress9%10%7%6%10%7%12%8%9%8%17%7%8%**10%**11%6%10%13%9%5%13%4%8%6%14%6%8%4%17%5%12%10%13%7%3%11%9%0%5%8%14%**6%18%0%0%0%100%**0%16%6%7%10%11%10%6%14%6%12%8%9%9%
State Policy Makers1%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%**0%**1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%2%1%0%2%0%1%2%0%1%2%1%1%0%2%0%0%**3%2%0%0%0%0%**0%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%
Foreign Governments9%10%9%6%11%12%7%9%10%9%6%11%10%**9%**11%7%9%11%9%7%12%7%10%8%12%9%9%10%7%8%10%9%11%8%8%9%9%5%11%2%9%**13%12%0%0%0%0%**100%12%8%12%7%8%12%9%7%11%6%12%9%11%
None Of These10%10%9%8%10%10%10%9%10%9%7%11%10%**6%**7%10%10%8%14%8%9%12%7%10%10%8%9%12%9%12%9%12%6%11%10%11%10%17%8%11%3%**11%10%0%0%0%0%**0%6%11%13%6%7%10%12%7%12%7%11%9%10%
Not Sure7%11%4%18%4%4%4%9%4%10%4%4%6%**28%**6%5%12%4%4%3%5%5%10%4%8%7%7%8%6%8%4%8%4%8%6%5%8%2%1%3%4%**23%2%0%0%0%0%**0%3%7%4%10%7%4%9%6%7%9%6%7%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%47%53%22%31%27%21%52%48%46%12%42%88%1%6%4%35%42%21%27%38%22%39%39%19%50%35%12%32%42%22%29%36%25%24%70%13%68%51%6%10%7%7%3%7%6%44%10%11%9%1%9%26%65%50%50%34%24%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
11If two candidates were running for Congress, and one says that offshore drilling is the best way to solve America's energy problems ... and the other says that America needs to identify and promote alternative sources of energy ... which candidate would you vote for?
638 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of MccainOpinion Of ObamaOpinion Of SmithOpinion Of MerkleyBush Overall AppJob Performance Top Issue For CongressMost Responsible For Price Of GasolinePreferred CandidCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicAsianRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralFavorablUnfavoraNeutralApproveDisapproApproveDisapproEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisGasolineEducatioImmigratOil CompEnvironmThe PresCongressState PoForeign OffshoreAlternatYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KPortlandRest of
Offshore Drilling26%27%25%14%26%26%37%21%31%20%39%28%26%**17%**49%10%19%55%21%5%52%5%18%8%53%23%43%15%26%9%47%17%63%13%20%29%25%1%12%16%62%**11%48%18%76%5%45%**33%100%0%26%26%41%22%16%41%16%23%27%25%27%
Alternative Sources Of Energy65%64%66%73%64%68%56%68%63%68%53%66%65%**74%**39%85%68%36%71%91%36%90%74%87%38%62%44%82%61%89%42%75%26%80%76%62%69%98%80%65%22%**64%41%74%16%89%42%**57%0%100%67%64%47%65%80%45%78%66%65%66%64%
Not Sure9%9%9%13%10%7%7%11%7%13%8%5%9%**8%**12%5%13%9%8%4%12%5%8%5%10%15%13%4%13%2%10%8%12%7%4%8%5%1%8%20%16%**26%11%7%8%5%14%**10%0%0%7%11%12%13%4%14%6%11%8%9%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%47%53%21%30%27%22%51%49%46%12%42%89%1%6%4%34%42%21%27%38%22%38%40%19%50%35%12%31%42%21%29%36%26%23%71%12%68%51%7%10%7%7%3%6%6%43%10%11%9%1%10%26%65%50%50%33%25%42%37%62%37%63%66%34%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.