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High Mistrust Of Goverment Among Oregonians

OPB | Oct. 3, 2013 5 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 2:19 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon residents have a high mistrust of government, according to surveys sponsored by OPB, OSU, OHSU and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Of all respondents, 86 percent agreed that taxes are necessary to pay for the common good.

But 78 percent said the tax system should be overhauled to be more simple and straightforward.

Adam Davis, with the polling firm DHM, says 64 percent of Oregonians also have a dim view of government.

“We’re seeing a plurality of folks agreeing with the statement that government is wasteful and inefficient and can’t be trusted to make good decisions,” Davis said.

From a list of 20 services, K-12 education received the highest rating for importance in the survey — at 81 percent. It was the only item to get higher than 50 percent.

The survey of Oregon residents was wide-ranging, and included questions about health care, the economy, and the environment.  It has a margin of error of plus or minus two percent, at a 95 percent confidence level.

Click here to read more about the survey.

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