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Poll: Portland's Gas Tax Ballot Measure Looks Likely To Pass


A proposed tax would add 10 cents to every gallon of gas sold in Portland.

A proposed tax would add 10 cents to every gallon of gas sold in Portland.

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Portland’s gas tax ballot measure looks likely to pass, according to a new OPB poll.

The four-year, temporary tax would add 10 cents to every gallon of gas sold in Portland.

DHM Research found that 55 percent of voters support the idea and 38 percent oppose it.

“That’s encouraging, but we still have to work hard until the last minute,” said Portland commissioner Steve Novick. 

He’s tied his reputation to passing the tax more than any other politician has.

“We do need to invest in street repairs. We do need to invest in traffic safety measures so that kids can safely walk and bike to school and seniors can safely walk to bus stops.”

The poll also looked at Novick’s reelection bid. He’s leading with the support of 24 percent of voters. Architect Stuart Emmons is next with 4 percent.

But with only a week before the election, more than half of voters remain undecided.

The poll of 400 likely voters has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

Read the full poll results of the Democratic, Republican and General Election.

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