Posts tagged ‘Recent Eugene Measure Study’

Piercy Rating on Building Trust in Eugene’s Government

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This issue is critical for any government. The poor rating at nearly a third is not a good result.

This is particularly important in passing ballot measures. See: http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=9415

QUESTION: Now I would like to list a set of issues facing Eugene and ask you to rate how well Mayor Piercy did on each issue: excellent, good, fair, poor?
Building trust in Eugene’s government?

METHODOLOGY: 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 is 6%.

Relative Eugene Library Vote in Comparison

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The library levy index exceeds the previous average index most in wards 1 and 3 – which were also its best performing wards. The biggest relative drop off occurred in Ward 5.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Geographic Orientation:
South Eugene = Wards 1, 2, and 3.
North Eugene = Wards 4 and 5.
West Eugene = Wards 6, 7, and 8.
For a map of council districts: http://eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2636

Methodology: Index = 100*(Ward %)/(Citywide %)

Note that the citywide index is always = 100.

The last three measures were the May 2015 Lane Vehicle Registration Fee, the May 2013 Lane Jail Levy, and the May 2013 Eugene City Fee.

Eugene and Springfield Turnout in Recent Special Elections

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This compares turnout in recent special elections in Eugene and Springfield. Each city’s voters faced at least one money measure on the ballot during each election.

Several observations stand out: 1. Eugene’s turnout exceeded Springfield’s in every election – sometimes by a lot! 2. Springfield’s turnout has been more stable. 3. Contrary to some reports, this past November’s turnout was not especially low for a special election with money measures.

Money measures by election by relevent jurisdiction:
May 2013: Lane and Eugene
May 2015: Lane
Nov. 2015: Eugene and Springfield

In general money measures drive turnout in special elections. All else equal, the turnout roughly doubles.

Source of data: Lane County Elections

Eugene Library Yes Vote Indexed

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The purpose of an index is to provide a standard to compare relative performance. As a rule of thumb, an index above 125 is high or an index below 80 is low. By that standard wards 1 and 3 were significantly above average and ward 6 was significantly below average.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Geographic Orientation:
South Eugene = Wards 1, 2, and 3.
North Eugene = Wards 4 and 5.
West Eugene = Wards 6, 7, and 8.
For a map of council districts: http://eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2636

Methodology: Index = 100*(Ward %)/(Citywide %)

Note that the citywide index is always = 100.

Eugene Wards: City Library and County Roads Measures Compared

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Though both measures won in three wards and lost in five, the library levy did better than the vehicle registration fee in every ward. The results very roughly parallel one another.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Geographic Orientation:
South Eugene = Wards 1, 2, and 3.
North Eugene = Wards 4 and 5.
West Eugene = Wards 6, 7, and 8.
For a map of council districts: http://eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2636

Eugene Wards: City Library and 2013 Jail Levy Votes Compared

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This graphic shows the relative difference of support for libraries and for jails. The jail levy did better than the library levy in six out of eight wards: All the northern and western wards plus Betty Taylor’s Ward 2 (though it was nearly a tie there). The Jail levy led the library levy by double digits in four wards.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Geographic Orientation:
South Eugene = Wards 1, 2, and 3.
North Eugene = Wards 4 and 5.
West Eugene = Wards 6, 7, and 8.
For a map of council districts: http://eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2636

Eugene Wards: Libraries in 2015 vs. City Fee in 2013

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The library levy did far better, double digits better, than the 2013 city fee in every single ward. The gap was most pronounced in South Eugene.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Geographic Orientation:
South Eugene = Wards 1, 2, and 3.
North Eugene = Wards 4 and 5.
West Eugene = Wards 6, 7, and 8.
For a map of council districts: http://eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2636

How Recent Local Measures Fared in Eugene, 2011-15

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This chart presents the Eugene citywide yes percentage for the five most recent money measures.

First, old fashioned property tax measures do best. The Lane Jail Levy and Eugene Library did best.

Second, turnout is not everything. Message matters. The wide spread between Lane County’s Jail Levy and Eugene’s City Fee despite being on the same ballot and having the same voters is clear evidence.

Finally, the county isn’t doing that badly in Eugene. Despite being creamed countywide, Lane County’s Vehicle Registration Fee did not do very badly in Eugene and did a lot better than either the City Fee or the City Income Tax.

Source of data: Lane County Elections.

Summary of Piercy v. Torrey Measure Analysis Posts

Just a few notes on what we’ve seen in the last few posts …

http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=9429http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=9461http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=10253

Piercy’s money measures to date have been much less successful than Torrey’s. She has only won if she was renewing an old Torrey measure (Library and Parks) or placing a measure driven by the 2008 Torrey campaign on the ballot (two streets bonds).

There are several possible explanations. Most probably, this could either imply her support is much lower than Torrey’s was, and polling shows that this is true, or this could imply she is trying to reach too far. It is most likely that some combination of these is true.

These patterns could have some impact on the upcoming library measure. Under other circumstances it would be seen as a safe win.

1998 and 2006 Library and Parks Measures Compared

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The Library and Park measures in 2006 were extensions of the 1998 measures. They were reasonably similar.  They provide a unique comparison between the two mayors. As can be seen, there was a significant drop in support between 1998 and 2006 for both measures.

There were a number of differences between the measures. It’s not clear if they helped or hindered the 2006 measures. For example, new measures, as both 1998 measures were, tend to do less well than renewals with a track record.

Source: Lane County Elections.