Downtown Eugene: Visiting and Approving

This graphic show the relationship between approval ratings and visiting frequency downtown.
There is a definite positive relationship between visiting downtown and rating downtown: more visits mean higher ratings. Admittedly, none of the ratings are very good.
This most likely implies one of two things. First, the people who know downtown best like it the best. Second, there is a kind of self-selection going on where those most likely to prefer downtown as it is. It is probably a combination of both.
QUESTION: How often do you go to downtown Eugene: daily, weekly, monthly, rarely, never?
QUESTION: How would you rate Downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?
QUESTION: How would you rate the crime problem in downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?
QUESTION: How would you rate the business environment in downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?
METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted each of June 1-2, 2015, September 21-22, 2015, September 13-15, 2016, December 2-3, 2015, September 13-15, 2016, April 10-11, 2017, and September 11-12, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median for each individual survey is 7%. Overall the margin of error is 3%.

Eugene City Council Approval Rating – Feburary 2018

The city council is maintaining its increased approval rating from last year.

QUESTION: How would you rate the job the Eugene City Council 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, September 11-12, 2017, and February 5-8, 2018. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

Key Demographics of Downtown Eugene Business Rating

Younger Eugeneans clearly have the highest ratings for downtown’s business environment.

QUESTION: How would you rate the business environment in downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?

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

Name Familiarity Trends of Leading Eugene Elected Officials

This shows that Mayor Vinis is still not the best known local politician in Eugene.

Closer inspection reveals that Mayor Vinis’ name familiarity is staying level, but that of the others is dropping. However, that is not so shocking since the others were active in the 2016 campaign. Familiarity typically drops over time after an election season. That the mayor is remaining about level means that there some news is continuing to get out about her and keeping her familiarity up.

QUESTION: Now, I am going to read the names of some people and organizations. Please tell me whether you have heard of each.
RANDOMIZE ORDER
1. Mike Clark
2. Peter Sorenson
3. Lucy Vinis
4. Pat Farr
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, April 10-11, 2017, September 11-12, 2017, and February 5-8, 2018. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

Key Demographics of Downtown Eugene Crime Rating

Younger non-Republican Eugeneans are least perturbed about any crime problem downtown.

QUESTION: How would you rate the crime problem in downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?

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

Eugene Mayor Vinis Job Approval Trend

Mayor Vinis’ ratings are staying relatively constant and have yet to crack to 50% barrier.

Typically, the February poll gives the highest ratings because it is taken just after the State of the City. Mayor Piercy’s ratings usually jumped in February and then settled down for the rest of the year.

QUESTION: How would you rate the job Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis is doing: excellent, good, fair, poor?

METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted each of April 10-11, 2017, September 11-12, 2017, and February 5-8, 2018. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

Key Demographics of Downtown Eugene Overall Rating

Democrats are more likely to rate downtown higher, though there is a clear drop over time between the 2015 surveys and the 2016 and 2017 surveys.

QUESTION: How would you rate Downtown Eugene: excellent, good, fair, poor?

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

Eugene Mayor Vinis Favorability Trend

Mayor Vinis’ favorability levels have remained relatively constant since the end of 2016. The favorable ratio (37/12) continues to be strong. However, the favorable and unfavorable ratings are both low. Typically, Eugene’s mayors have had favorables in the mid 50s (Piercy) to mid 60s (Torrey) by this time.

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?┬áIF HEARD OF … Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of 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, April 10-11, 2017, September 11-12, 2017, and February 5-8, 2018, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.

New Eugene Poll Series Starts Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, and for following Thursdays, this blog will present data from the February tracking poll of Eugene voters.

Key Demographics of Downtown Eugene Visitors

In general, persons who are younger and from southern Eugene are more likely to visit downtown.

QUESTION: How often do you go to downtown Eugene: daily, weekly, monthly, rarely, never?

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