A slim 51 percent majority of Oregonians support a $15 per hour minimum wage measure if it appears on the November 2016 ballot, according to a new poll by DHM Research.
A union-backed is orgainzation is working to put such a measure on the ballot, while Oregon legislative leaders are working on a $13.50 per hour minimum wage for considering by the 2016 session that begins in February.
In the online DHM poll, voters were provided with the ballot title and result statements have been certified by the Attorney General. Twenty-nine percent of voters said they were certain to vote yes on this measure if the election were held today. Another 22 percent said they were leaning toward voting yes. Meanwhile,
36 percent of voters said they were certain to vote no, and another 10 percent were leaning toward voting no.
Opinions broken down along age,
Oregons youngest voters, those ages 18-29, were most likely to support (either certain to
vote yes or leaning toward voting yes) the measure, at 70 percent. Some 43 percent of voters ages 30-44 support the measure, along with 44percent of voters ages 45-54 and 58 percent of voters 55 and older.
In Multnomah County, 69 percent of voters indicated support for the measure, compared to 57 percent of the Tri-County area, 53 percent of Willamette Valley voters, and 40 percent of voters in other parts of the state.
Nearly eight in 10 registered Democrats -- 79 percent -- said they supported the measure as compared to 16 percent of registered Republicans.
Respondents were also asked how they would vote if both a $15 per hour measure and a $13.50 per hour measure were to appear on the November 2016 ballot. Fourteen percent
of voters said they would vote only for the $13.50 measure, 9 percent said they would vote only for the $15 measure, and 29 percent said they would vote for both measures. About four in 10 voters -- 41 percent -- said they would not vote for either measure, and 7 percent were undecided.
DHM Research conducted the online survey from Oct, 31 to Nov, 5, with 624 Oregonians who indicated that they are registered to vote. Results have been weighted to reflect the demographics of voters in this state. The margin of error is +/- 3.9 percent.