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Fritz, Brown lead in poll

Oregon Labor Commissioner race neck and neck


Amanda Fritz is ahead of Mary Nolan in the Portland City Council race, but a large block of voters are undecided, according to a new poll commissioned by FOX News 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Fritz is the incumbent and Nolan is a state Representative from Southwest Portland.

According to the poll, Fritz has 37 percent of the vote, Nolan has 29 percent of the vote, and 34 percent of the voters are undecided.

The poll shows 37 percent view Fritz favorably, 16 percent view her unfavorably, 21 percent are neutral and 27 percent don’t know.

As for Nolan, the poll shows 25 percent view her favorably, 9 percent view her unfavorably, 22 percent are neutral and 9 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, in the Oregon Secretary of State’s race, Democratic incumbent Kate Brown leads Republican challenger by a margin of 43 percent to 37 percent, with 15 percent undecided.

The poll shows 26 percent view Brown favorably, 14 percent view her unfavorably, 15 percent are neutral and 46 percent don’t know.

As for Buehler, 14 percent view him favorably, 11 percent view him unfavorably, 15 percent are neutral and 61 percent don’t know.

The poll also shows that 60 percent of voters are undecided in the nonpartisan race for Oregon Labor Commissioner. Of those voters who have picked a candidate, incumbent Brad Avakian is leading challenger Bruce Starr by a margin of 22 percent to 19 percent.

The poll did not include any state legislative races. However, it asked which party voters were leaning towards in their districts. Democrats led with 49 percent compared to 36 percent.

And the poll shows the ballot measure to direct so-called corporate kicker state tax refunds to public schools is favored by most voters. Measure 85 is ahead by a margin of 53 percent yes votes compared to 36 percent no votes, with 12 percent undecided.

In previously released results, Charlie Hales holds a substantial lead over Jefferson Smith in the race for Portland mayor.

Hales is ahead of Smith by a margin of 44 percent to 25 percent with 19 percent undecided. 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.

The statewide poll previously showed that 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.