Survey finds Oregonians support election, campaign finance reform

Published on February 26, 2024

A new survey found Oregonians support some changes to elections, according to the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center.

Researchers discovered Oregonians support changes to systems of government, but their opinions vary from “‘reform curious’” to “‘reform ready’” in certain areas, according to the 2023 survey conducted in partnership between the OVBC and the Yarg Foundation.

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Campaign to open Oregon primaries suspends signature gathering

Published on February 26, 2024

Survey data released last week by the nonpartisan Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found that 63% of respondents, including a majority of Democrats and Republicans, agree with opening primaries.

The suspension announcement comes about three months before Oregon’s primary election and just over four months before the deadline for turning in signatures for an initiative to make it on the November ballot. As a proposed constitutional amendment, the campaign would need about 160,000 valid signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. That means it would have had to collect 200,000 signatures to ensure it had enough, Calcagno said.

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Opinion: Oregon’s ’30 Years War’ over campaign finance reform approaches its final battle

Published on March 6, 2024

How did we get to the point in Oregon’s current legislative session that leaders of both parties and representatives of major business and labor groups are uniting in an effort to enact long-overdue limits on big money donations to candidate campaigns?

One reason: Voters clearly want something done. A 2023 poll by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found 75% of Oregonians agree that “laws should be passed to regulate unlimited money in political campaigns.”

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Drinking water to be celebrated during national week

Published on May 2, 2023

According to a survey conducted by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, only 52% of respondents across the state said they “definitely knew” where their drinking water comes from.

To remedy that lack of knowledge, and to celebrate National Drinking Water Week, which runs May 7-13, the Regional Water Providers Consortium is teaching Gresham and Rockwood folks about where that stuff from their tap comes from.

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Oregon House passes sweeping bill to guarantee access to abortion, gender-affirming care

Published on May 1, 2023

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle shared their personal and family experiences with abortion, illustrating why the issue resonates so deeply with many Oregonians. A survey last year from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found that a majority of Oregonians know someone who has received an abortion, with four in five Oregonians between 65 and 74 knowing someone who obtained an abortion.

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Cottage Grove Cares: Home Share Oregon

Published on December 23, 2022

The Oregon Beliefs and Values Center conducted an online survey of Oregonians from October 1-6, 2020. It revealed 50 percent of residents believe that solving the homeless crisis in Oregon should be the top priority for our elected officials and that our leaders have a responsibility to fix it. Despite the growing severity of homelessness, Oregonians remain optimistic. Fifty-seven percent believe a mix of policies and resources implemented by our elected officials can help solve the epidemic.

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Oregonians weigh in on wildfires in new survey

Published on December 16, 2022

The recent wildfire and forest management survey was conducted online from Nov. 10 to Nov. 19.

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Statewide survey shows support for wildfire preventative measures

Published on December 15, 2022

Most Oregonians support prescribed fire and shutting off the power during wind events

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Oregonians support high for mental health, drug services

Published on November 25, 2022

Oregonians agree on necessity but divided over who should provide all of the services they believe will help.

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Look to ‘civic watersheds’ to calm the political turbulence of our times

Published on December 1, 2022

Culture wars and power politics at the national level are migrating upstream and infecting our local institutions.

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