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Poll: Support drops for Measure 97, Richardson leads

Support for the corporate sales tax measure on Nov. 8 general election ballot has dropped sharply since September and it now trails by a margin of 49 percent “no” to 45 percent “yes” in a new poll commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The poll of 600 Oregon voters was conducted in recent days by Portland-based DHM Research. Measure 97 led by 60 percent “yes” to 30 percent “no” when the firm conducted a similar poll for OPB two months ago.

The decline comes as both sides in the race are spending millions of dollars on dueling TV ads and mailings. Supporters have raised around $10 million this year — almost all it from public employee unions. Opponents have raised about $17 million, almost entirely from corporations.



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