Success and Wellbeing


Summary findings on Oregonians' values and beliefs related to success and wellbeing, from the OVBC 2023 Typology Study.

Introduction


This page presents summary points related to success and wellbeing 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 Observations – Success and Wellbeing


Success and wellbeing span a wide range of issues, ranging from equity, poverty and housing to education, health, and healthcare.  There is also climate change and the impact of social media, government policy, and the provision of government services on success and wellness.   

Regarding equity, when asked about the progress women and Black people have made, Oregonians feel there’s still work to be done.  They also feel that society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children. 

Oregonians feel everyone has it in their own power to succeed but that those living in poverty have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently. 

Other concerns are the harmful effects of climate change and social media on our lives.

Oregonians feel abortion should be legal in most or all cases. They do not think greater penalties and confinement are the answer to the addictive drug epidemic, favoring a better understanding of the root causes and treatment of addition, instead. In their responses to open-ended questions about hopes and fears for the state in 50 years, Oregonians express a strong desire to better address mental health issues. They also feel pessimistic about the wellness of people in the U.S. over the next 50 years. A plurality of Oregonians support changing to a unified, integrated single-payer healthcare system. A strong majority feel that a technical trade education is a better pathway to success than a university education.

Findings


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%

Q11.  A pr 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%

Q12. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: I prefer a smaller government providing fewer services20%41%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B36%59%
FEEL STRONGLY: I prefer a bigger government providing more services23%

Q13. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Same-gender romantic relationships should be discouraged in society11%24%
LEAN TOWARDS A13%
LEAN TOWARDS B23%76%
FEEL STRONGLY: Same-gender relationships should be respected in society53%

Q15. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Our country has made the changes needed to give black people equal rights with white people21%42%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B21%58%
FEEL STRONGLY: Our country needs to continue making changes to give black people equal rights with white men36%

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%

Q19. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority14%33%
LEAN TOWARDS A19%
LEAN TOWARDS B27%67%
FEEL STRONGLY: Society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children39%

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%

Q22. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: The addictive drug epidemic in our country requires a broader understanding of the root causes and treatment of addiction44%69%
LEAN TOWARDS A25%
LEAN TOWARDS B15%31%
FEEL STRONGLY: Drug addiction is a symptom of an overly permissive society that requires greater discipline, penalties, and confinement16%

Q24. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Climate change requires us to change our way of life, drive less, and live more simply47%76%
LEAN TOWARDS A29%
LEAN TOWARDS B14%24%
FEEL STRONGLY: If climate change becomes a problem, we can deal with it later10%

Q27. A or B?

Response categoryN = 3,414
FEEL STRONGLY: Social media has improved our lives7%29%
LEAN TOWARDS A21%
LEAN TOWARDS B35%71%
FEEL STRONGLY: Social media has done more harm than good36%

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%

Q41. In general, how much do you think white people benefit from advantages in society that Black people do not have?

Response categoryN = 3,414
A great deal29%62%
A fair amount33%
Not too much24%38%
Not at all14%

Q25. Which option comes closest to your view about abortion? It should be…

Response categoryN = 3,414
Legal in all cases33%72%
Legal in most cases38%
Illegal in most cases23%28%
Illegal in all cases6%

Q36.  Which statement comes closest to your view about the cost and availability of medical care services? [Randomized all, except Other]

Response categoryn = 2,842
Keep the current system as is with private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, safety-net clinics, and veteran’s insurance41%
Move the health care system of physicians, hospitals, insurance, and pharma to a unified, integrated single-payer system48%
Other [open] [See verbatims document]12%

“Universal healthcare at the state level regardless of income.
Jackson County

“More social services, in particular MENTAL HEALTH services.”
Benton County

“Building truly affordable housing and providing assistance to low income to get & stay into those. Solving the synthetic fentanyl & other serious drug addictions & funding REGULATED crime response.”
Multnomah County

“There needs to be more affordable housing for low-income families. And more jobs for women with equal pay. Also, climate change improvements.”
Lane County

“Mental health will not be taken care of, and people will continue to suffer with no help.”
Umatilla County

“That the poverty and mental health issues will only climb.”
Jackson County

“Drug use becoming worse and nowhere for houseless and low-income housing.”
Deschutes County

“Bad government, Homelessness, overpriced housing for the average families, and too many low-income families living with government aid. This leads to owners gouging.”
Multnomah County

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

“That we lose most assistants for low-income families.”
Douglas County