Elected Auditor Voting by Ward and Region

Compared to the appointed auditor there is slightly more regional variation, but still nowhere near most measures in Eugene.

A variation of 40% to 50% between north Eugene and south Eugene is very little.

Source of data: Lane County Election
Definitions:
South Eugene: Wards 1, 2, and 3;
North Eugene: Wards 4 and 5;
West Eugene: Wards 6, 7, and 8.
Map of City of Eugene wards:
https://www.eugene-or.gov/532/Find-Your-Ward

Appointed Auditor Voting by Ward and Region

Compared to the parks measures, there is virtually no variation by ward. The appointed auditor measure placed on the ballot by the city council lost overwhelmingly everywhere.

This figure was left at standard XL layout just to point out that the variation among regions of the city was between 24% and 25%! This is probably the least variation by region in Eugene in decades.

Source of data: Lane County Election
Definitions:
South Eugene: Wards 1, 2, and 3;
North Eugene: Wards 4 and 5;
West Eugene: Wards 6, 7, and 8.
Map of City of Eugene wards:
https://www.eugene-or.gov/532/Find-Your-Ward

Eugene Parks Bond Voting by Ward and Region

The regional pattern is the same as the Parks Levy, only the voting by was lower in each region. South Eugene is the most favorable region of the city and Ward 6 is the least favorable.

Source of data: Lane County Election
Definitions:
South Eugene: Wards 1, 2, and 3;
North Eugene: Wards 4 and 5;
West Eugene: Wards 6, 7, and 8.
Map of City of Eugene wards:
https://www.eugene-or.gov/532/Find-Your-Ward

Eugene Parks Levy Voting by Ward and Region

The pattern is the typical pattern for City of Eugene measures. South Eugene is the most favorable region of the city and Ward 6 is the least favorable.

Source of data: Lane County Election
Definitions:
South Eugene: Wards 1, 2, and 3;
North Eugene: Wards 4 and 5;
West Eugene: Wards 6, 7, and 8.
Map of City of Eugene wards:
https://www.eugene-or.gov/532/Find-Your-Ward

Eugene Park Bond Trend

The measure started under 50% and roughly in a dead heat with no votes. After the ballots were mailed, however, it started to pull away.

QUESTION: City of Eugene Measure 20-289 Bonds to Fund Parks and Recreation Facility Projects: Shall City of Eugene fund park and recreation projects using $39.35 million in general obligation bonds? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
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 Primary voters were conducted each of April 2-3, April 16-17 and April 30-May 2, 2018. The margin of error for each survey at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Eugene Park Levy Trend

The measure never trailed and support exploded after the ballots and voters’ pamphlets were mailed.
QUESTION: City of Eugene Measure 20-288 Five-Year Parks and Recreation Operations and Maintenance Local Option Levy: Shall Eugene levy $3,150,000 per year for five years beginning July, 2018, for parks and recreation facilities operation and maintenance? This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.
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 Primary voters were conducted each of April 2-3, April 16-17 and April 30-May 2, 2018. The margin of error for each survey at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Broad Support for Eugene Auditor – In Principle

There appears to be strong support for a Eugene auditor in some form. This blog has chronicled how Eugeneans see many problems in the city that remain unaddressed.

This  question was asked prior to the campaign and the collapse of the two auditor measures’ support. It is possible this is biased upward. However, a sizeable percentage of people voiced support here who supported neither measure.

QUESTION: Regardless of your opinion on the two auditor measures, in principle do you support or oppose the creation of an auditor for the City of Eugene?
IF SUPPORT/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 2018 Primary voters were conducted April 2-3, 2018. The margin of error at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Eugene Appointed Auditor Trend

Support for the appointed auditor, the city council proposal, never came close to 50%.

QUESTION: City of Eugene Measure 20-287 Amends Charter: Establishes Council-appointed performance auditor, audit review board: Shall City Charter be amended to require City Council to appoint a performance auditor to audit city 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 Primary voters were conducted each of April 2-3, April 16-17 and April 30-May 2, 2018. The margin of error for each survey at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Eugene Elected Auditor Trend

The elected auditor started with strong support which steadily declined. By two weeks before the election it was in serious trouble — being under 50% and having dropped 13 points in support.

QUESTION: City of Eugene Measure 20-283 Amends Charter: establishes office, duties of independent elected City Auditor:  Shall City 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 Primary voters were conducted each of April 2-3, April 16-17 and April 30-May 2, 2018. The margin of error for each survey at the sample median is plus or minus 7%.

Downtown Overall Attitude Update

Those agreeing that downtown safety problems are less important or inconsequential continues to increase from 2016 levels.
QUESTION: Now, I am going to read statements from three fictitious people to you about the transient population in downtown Eugene and ask which one comes closest to your view: ROTATE ORDER: READ 1 TO 3 OR READ 3 TO 1
[The transient population in downtown Eugene]
1. Bradshaw:  ___  makes me feel much less safe and less likely to go to businesses there.
2. Philips: ___  makes me feel somewhat less safe and less likely to go to businesses there.
3. Andrews: ___  does not make me feel less safe and has no effect on whether I would go to businesses there.
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, September 11-12, 2017, and February 5-8, 2018. The margin of error at the sample median for each is 7%.