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Hales, Obama ahead in poll

Poll commissioned by Fox News 12 and OPB


Charlie Hales holds a substantial lead over Jefferson Smith in the race for Portland mayor, according to a new poll commissioned by FOX News 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Hales is currently ahead of Smith by a margin of 44 percent to 25 percent with 19 percent undecided, according to the poll conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, Inc.

Hales is a former city commissioner and Smith is a Democratic state representative from East Portland.

The poll shows 39 percent view Hales favorably, 20 percent view him unfavorably, 20 percent are neutral and 27 percent don’t know.

As for Smith, the poll shows 24 percent view him favorably, 36 percent view him unfavorably, 20 percent are neutral and 20 percent don’t know.

FOX News 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting also commissioned a DHM Research poll of some statewide races.

According to that poll, Democratic President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a margin of 49 percent to 42 percent, with 4 percent undecided.

The poll shows 51 percent view Obama favorably, 43 percent view him unfavorably, 5 percent are neutral and 1 percent don’t know.

As for Romney, the poll shows 41 percent view him favorably, 47 percent view him unfavorably, 8 percent are neutral and 4 percent don’t know.

The telephone survey of 400 registered votes in Portland was conducted between Oct. 19 and 20. It has a margin of error between plus or minus 2.9 percent and plus or minus 4.9 percent.

The telephone survey of 500 registered votes in Portland was conducted between Oct. 18 and 20. It has a margin of error between plus or minus 2.6 percent and plus or minus 4.4 percent.