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2017 Jail Levy Yes Pct. by Lane Region

All areas of the county supported the jail levy by very wide margins. Eugene was the most supportive, then Springfield and, finally, the rural areas. Although the support was overwhelming nearly everywhere, there was a significant gap between the City of Eugene and the rest of the county.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Oregon 2016 Measure 96 Vote Trend

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Measure 96 was ahead by a wide margin throughout the election.

QUESTION: Now, I would like to talk to you about some measures that will be on the November ballot.
If the election were held today on Measure 96 Amends Constitution: Dedicates 1.5% of state lottery net proceeds to funding support services for Oregon veterans, would you vote yes or no?
IF YES/NO: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: Three surveys of 400 live telephone interviews of likely Oregon 2016 General election voters each were conducted October 3-6, October 17-21, and October 31-November 2, 2016. Likelihood was determined based on modeling and was validated within the questionnaire. The margin of error at the sample median is 5%.

SOURCES: Election data from Oregon Secretary of State.

Major Eugene-Area Leader Name Familiarity Post 2016 Primary Election

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This analysis is particularly interesting because it shows the impact of campaigns. Clark, Farr, and Sorenson ran in the May primary. Their name familiarity increased because of this. However, once the campaigns were done, their name familiarity dropped. They were no longer in the public eye. Piercy was mayor throughout the period and not on the ballot. This explains her consistency. Vinis remained constant because she was preparing to become Mayor in January 2017.

Emily Semple’s name familiarity appears also to have been affected by her campaign lasting until November (see http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=13965).

QUESTION: Now, I am going to read the names of some people and organizations. Please tell me whether you have heard of each. IF HEARD OF … Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of ______ IF FAVORABLE OR UNFAVORABLE: Is that strongly or somewhat?
RANDOMIZE ORDER
1. Kitty Piercy
2. Lucy Vinis
3. Mike Clark
4. Peter Sorenson
5. Pat Farr

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene General election voters were conducted September 13-15, 2016.The margin of error at the sample median for this surveys is 7%. 240 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene General election voters were conducted November 29 through December 1, 2016. The margin of error at the sample median for this survey is 6%.

May Special Turnout by Lane Co. Comm. District

The turnout in the West Lane district was significantly higher than in any other district. Springfield, as usual, has the lowest turnout due to its demographic profile.

Source of data: Lane County Elections

May Special Election Turnout by City

As noted earlier the turnout for this election was low. This blog will present a series of posts exploring this topic; along with looking at the election results by region once the precinct returns are out.

As is typical, Springfield had the lowest turnout. This is what one would expect based on the demographics. An interesting hint, however, comes from the slightly higher turnout among rural voters than Eugene voters.

Source of data: Lane County Elections

Oregon 2016 Measure 95 Key Demographics

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The primary determinant on Measure 95 voting was political party. Other important variables include gender, union membership, and date.

QUESTION: Now, I would like to talk to you about some measures that will be on the November ballot.
If the election were held today on Measure 95 Amends Constitution: Allows investments in equities by public universities to reduce financial risk and increase investments to benefit students, would you vote yes or no?
IF YES/NO: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: Three surveys of 400 live telephone interviews of likely Oregon 2016 General election voters each were conducted October 3-6, October 17-21, and October 31-November 2, 2016. Likelihood was determined based on modeling and was validated within the questionnaire. The margin of error at the sample median is 5%.

These three surveys were then pooled to create The key demographics were determined using CHAID methodology.

Vinis’s Name Familiarity Stays Level

Despite being mayor-elect for nearly a year, Mayor Lucy Vinis’ name familiarity has barely budged since the campaign ended.

QUESTION: Now, I am going to read the names of some people and organizations. Please tell me whether you have heard of each: Lucy Vinis?
METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted each of September 13-15, 2016, December 2-3, 2016, and April 10-11, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

Lane County Ballot Return Pattern

As is common in special elections, ballot come in steadily with a definite spike on the final two days.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Countywide Turnout Recent Lane County Special Elections

One interesting pattern is the dropping number of voters in May Special Elections. Both an expanding overall population and more expansive voter registration laws would seem imply the number of voters should be going up not down.

Historically, more voters, about double, turn out in local special elections when money measures are on the ballot.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Results of Recent Lane County Measures Compared

The Jail Levy renewal campaign won with an astounding 73%.  Recent county campaigns have been all over the map. The renewal campaign more than doubled the vehicle registration fee percentage. There is a clear difference in voters’ minds between the jail levy and the vehicle registration fee – not all Lane County money measures are created equal.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.