Oregon Poll: Reform Positions Hold Lead 10/16/98

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With campaigns across the nation entering the homestretch, Oregon's No on 57 and Yes on 67 forces began their radio and television advertising efforts this week. These ads are supported by money from Americans for Medical Rights (Yes on 67) and Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement (No on 57). While the opposing side has certainly been fighting hard
on the rhetorical front, their financial resources for political activity have proven far smaller than those available to Oregon's anti-drug-war coalition.

Even before the ads began running, however, reformers were buoyed by results from a new poll. This statewide survey, released on October 11, was conducted for Portland's Oregonian newspaper and KATU-TV under the supervision of experienced local pollster Tim Hibbetts. It found that 54% of voters are opposed to Measure 57, which would recriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, with 38% backing the proposed law. Measure 67, which would permit the medicinal use of marijuana within certain boundaries, was favored by 59% of voters, with 37% against.

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