Archive for December 2017

Lane Board of Commissioners Job Performance

The job performance rating of the Lane Board of Commissioners has steadily risen in Eugene during 2017 and is now at its highest point in years.

QUESTION: How would you rate the job the Lane County Board of Commissioners is doing: excellent, good, fair, poor?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted each of February 16-18, 2015, June 1-2, 2015, September 21-22, 2015, December 2-3, 2015, February 22-23, 2016, September 13-15, 2016, November 29-December 1, 2016, April 10-11, 2017, and September 11-12, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

Comparison of Clark 2016 Results and Piercy 2012 Opponents’ Results by Ward

Mike Clark received the same percentage citywide in May 2016 as Kitty Piercy’s two challengers did in May 2012. This disguises some significant variations.

First, Clark did much better in North Eugene (wards 4 and 5) and the South Hills (Ward 2). On the other hand, Clark did worse in West Eugene (wards 6, 7 and 8). That performance gap was worst in Ward 6 (Greg Evans’ ward and Pat Farr’s former ward).

Source of data: Lane County Elections

Eugene Independent Performance Auditor Maintains Solid Support

The elected auditor is supported by a wide margin. However, voter opinions on non-money measures typically are less firm than on money measures. The dramatic movement of the housekeeping charter amendment at the recently completed election is proof of that ( At 60% it’s level of support is not quite enough to be guaranteed victory against a concerted opposition campaign. Supporters would like to have around 70%.

QUESTION: Would you vote yes or no on: Shall the City of Eugene Charter be amended to establish office of elected City Auditor to independently audit city operations and activities?
IF YES/NO: Is that strongly or somewhat?
IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of likely City of Eugene 2018 General Election voters conducted September 11-12, 2017. Margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Relationship Between Voting on Measures 20-274 and 20-275 by Ward


This analysis presupposes a linear relationship between the votes for 20-274 and 20-275. What is interesting is that the three southern wards are above the line, indicating disproportionate support for the streets bond measure, and the five northern and western wards are below the line, indicating disproportionate opposition for that same measure.

Once again, voting returns show the gap between the three South Eugene wards, where Mayor Vinis and former Mayor Piercy ran best, and the rest of Eugene.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.