Economy and Jobs


Introduction


This page presents summary points related to the economy and jobs based on data from the 2023 Oregon Values & Beliefs Typology Study.  The summary draws from a scientifically conducted public opinion survey completed in the fall of 2023. 

The survey’s full sample size was N=3,414 which is sufficient to assess Oregonians’ values and beliefs generally, to learn how Oregonians feel about different planning and policymaking issues, and to review findings by multiple subgroups. 

General ObservationsOregonians, the Economy, and Jobs


Oregonians feel the economic system favors special interests, and that business corporations make too much profit; however, other OVBC research tells us that Oregonians have more favorable feelings about small businesses.

Economic growth is supported which provides equal opportunity and doesn’t jeopardize the environment.

Oregonians feel people have it within their power to succeed and feel a technical trade education is often a better pathway to success than a university education.  At the national level, however, Oregonians are not hopeful about the wellness of people in the U.S. over the next 50 years.  

Findings


Q7. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Government regulation of business is necessary to protect the public interest28%59%
LEAN TOWARDS A31%
LEAN TOWARDS B23%41%
FEEL STRONGLY: Government regulation of business usually does more harm than good18%

Q8. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: People living in poverty today have it easier because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return12%33%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B30%67%
FEEL STRONGLY: People living in poverty have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently37%

Q9. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents35%64%
LEAN TOWARDS A29%
LEAN TOWARDS B19%36%
FEEL STRONGLY: Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care17%

Q10. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Business corporations make too much profit40%70%
LEAN TOWARDS A30%
LEAN TOWARDS B20%30%
FEEL STRONGLY: Most corporations make a fair and reasonable amount of profit11%

Q11. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy17%37%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B27%63%
FEEL STRONGLY: Stronger environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost36%

Q16. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: The economic system in this country unfairly favors powerful interests57%80%
LEAN TOWARDS A23%
LEAN TOWARDS B12%20%
FEEL STRONGLY: The economic system in this country is generally fair to most Americans8%

Q17. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: The obstacles that once made it harder for women than men to get ahead are now largely gone17%40%
LEAN TOWARDS A23%
LEAN TOWARDS B29%60%
FEEL STRONGLY: There are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men31%

Q18. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Our country would be better off if we all consumed less32%61%
LEAN TOWARDS A29%
LEAN TOWARDS B25%39%
FEEL STRONGLY: We need to buy and consume to support a strong economy15%

Q20. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside of our control10%37%
LEAN TOWARDS A26%
LEAN TOWARDS B37%63%
FEEL STRONGLY: Everyone has it in their own power to succeed26%

Q28. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: I feel hopeful about the wellness of the people in the U.S. over the next 50 years10%33%
LEAN TOWARDS A23%
LEAN TOWARDS B35%67%
FEEL STRONGLY: I feel pessimistic about the wellness of people in the U.S. over the next 50 years32%

Q30. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: A university education is the best pathway to success in life7%28%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B40%72%
FEEL STRONGLY: A technical trade education is often a better pathway to success than a university education31%

Q34. When it comes to balancing economic growth and environmental protection, which comes closest to your view of what Oregon should do?

Response categoryn = 2,545
Relax environmental protection regulations to make it easier for companies to do business15%
Maintain a quality environment to attract people and companies in Oregon52%
Increase environmental protection regulations and discourage more people from moving to Oregon23%
Other [open] [See verbatims document]10%

“My hope for Oregon is that the state can invest in local businesses and economic growth to serve the people of the state.”
Multnomah County

“That rural areas can maintain the ability to support small businesses and farmers, with minimal government permits/oversight.”
Jackson County

“OR must become a place of inclusion, where rural areas see and feel valued, but they also value cities. Another hope is cost of living improves & allows people to buy homes.”
Marion County

“Spend heavily to increase the country’s economy.”
Union County

“Being overpopulated, over polluted, and too expensive for the average person.”
Marion County

“Big business and special interests will continue to dominate.”
Multnomah County

“People continue to rob and steal from businesses and others which causes closure of some businesses.”
Clackamas County

“That Oregon continues in the direction of California making it a very expensive state to live in and for companies unable to compete with competitors in other states.”
 Multnomah County

“Loss of agriculture and logging. Increases in fuel and grocery costs.”
Josephine County