Eugeneans Evenly Divided on City Hall Plan

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Eugeneans are evenly split between approval and disapproval. This is similar to results from last May when the split was 46-46 (http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=10666).

This even split implies the city hall proposal is relatively controversial. Government officials who have invested significant planning effort studying an issue generally get some level of deference.

Though posed as a slightly different issue, the support in February to build a new city hall was 53-40. (http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=10308)

Earlier surveys provide other relevant results. In January 2013, there was overwhelming support for keeping the the current location. (http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=8782 and http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=8777) In September 2012, Eugeneans solidly supported renting rather than owning space. (http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=8282)

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of the City of Eugene plan to tear down the current City Hall building and build a new City Hall?
IF APPROVE/DISAPPROVE: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted September 15-16, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Eugeneans Overwhelmingly Familiar with City Hall Plan

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Eugeneans are very familiar with the proposal. One would expect high familiarity given how long the issue has been discussed.

QUESTION: How familiar are you with the City of Eugene plan to tear down the current City Hall building and build a new City Hall: very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted September 15-16, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Civic Alliance Plan Approval

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Though there is a very high level of familiarity with the plan, the approval level is comparatively lukewarm.

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of the recent Eugene Civic Alliance plan to buy Civic Stadium?
IF APPROVE/DISAPPROVE: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted September 15-16, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Familiarity with Civil Alliance Plan

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Eugeneans are very familiar with the Eugene Civic Alliance plan. This is clearly a widely followed issue citywide.

QUESTION: How familiar are you with the recent Eugene Civic Alliance plan to buy Civic Stadium: very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted September 15-16, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Eugene Paid Sick Leave and Business Location Provision

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There is an even higher “Don’t know” than with the business size provision.

QUESTION: Now, I would like to ask you about some provisions of the paid sick leave ordinance.

Would you prefer the paid sick leave ordinance
would exclude all employees who do some work in Eugene for businesses located outside Eugene
or would exclude only employees who work in Eugene less than six weeks per year for businesses located outside Eugene?
Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Eugene Paid Sick Leave and Business Size Provision

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Eugeneans tend to prefer that very small businesses be exempt. The city council chose not to.

The high “Don’t know” perhaps reflects the perceived speed with which the ordinance was passed. This unfamiliarity with the basic issues would come from the resultant lack of debate.

QUESTION: Now, I would like to ask you about some provisions of the paid sick leave ordinance.

Would you prefer the paid sick leave ordinance
would include all businesses of any size
or would include only businesses with six or more employees?
Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Charter Amendment Opposing Eugene Paid Sick Leave Gains

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Support for a charter amendment against Paid Sick Leave jumped after passage. It is still not in a position to pass. However, it might be at some future date.

QUESTION: If the election were held today, would you support or oppose a City of Eugene charter amendment that would overturn the ordinance and prevent the city from requiring businesses providing services within the city limits to offer sick time to employees on an annual basis?
IF SUPPORT OR OPPOSE: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted July 8-10, July 23-24, and July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

The question wording has changed. For the earlier wording, please see: http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=10892

Eugene Paid Sick Leave Passed Too Fast

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Those rating the Eugene Paid Sick Leave passage process too fast have increased significantly over time.

QUESTION: Do you feel the City of Eugene moved too fast, too slow, or just about right passing the ordinance?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted July 8-10, July 23-24, and July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Eugene Paid Sick Leave Familiarity Trend

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Familiarity continues to increase.

QUESTION: How familiar are you with the ordinance: very familiar, somewhat familiar, somewhat unfamiliar, or very unfamiliar?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted July 8-10, July 23-24, and July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Eugene Paid Sick Leave Polling Trend Update

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The Paid Sick Leave ordinance enjoyed an uptick after passage by the city council. Usually, successes tend to increase support just as failures decrease support. The trend with the LTD West Eugene EmX noted earlier is an example.

Worrisome for supporters is that the support/approve percentage has never reached 60 percent since the issue became widely known.

QUESTION: As you may be aware, the City of Eugene passed a paid sick leave ordinance on Monday.  [ASKED JULY 30-31]
Do you approve or disapprove of the City of Eugene requiring businesses providing services within the city limits to offer sick time to employees on an annual basis
IF APPROVE/DISAPPROVE: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2014 General election voters conducted May 28-29, July 8-10, July 23-24, and July 30-31, 2014. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus seven percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

The question wording has changed. For earlier related questions, please see: http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=10871