-Oregon's gone Democratic by double digits in the last few Presidential elections, and PPP's newest poll of the state finds that's likely to continue if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016. Clinton leads all of her potential Republican opponents by at least 12 points there- it's 51/39 over Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, 51/36 over Jeb Bush, 52/37 over Ted Cruz, and 51/34 over Chris Christie.
Huckabee is the favorite among Republican voters in the state. 21% say he would be their choice to 16% for Cruz, 15% for Bush and Paul, 12% for Christie, 4% for Rubio, 3% for Ryan and Walker, and 2% for Santorum.
-There is an issue closely dividing Oregonians right now along gender, party, and generational lines...whether they should be able to pump their own gas. 46% of voters think they should be able to, while 44% wish to stick with the status quo. Men (55/39), Republicans (52/41), and voters under 45 (53/33) all think you should be able to pump your own gas. Women (38/47), Democrats (39/47), and seniors (34/55) all oppose making the change.
-Oregonians are a lot less divided when it comes to the issue of whether to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. 59% of voters support it to only 34% who are opposed. Over 80% of Democrats favor such a move and so do independents (52/42), and even 30% of Republicans.
-Oregon edges out Oregon State 35/29 on the court of public opinion. There is a big partisan divide on the rivalry with Democrats preferring the Ducks 46/21 and Republicans preferring the Beavers 42/27.
Ducks fans generally like their football and basketball coaches, although for many of them the jury is still out. Mark Helfrich has a 49/4 approval rating, with 47% of fans saying they have no opinion. And Dana Altman has a 37/7 approval rating, with 56% of fans saying they have no opinion.
Beavers fans support the recent decision to fire basketball coach Craig Robinson, 50/15. Even Democrats, 31/30, narrowly support the decision despite Robinson's being the President's brother in law. Mike Riley gets high marks from the Beavers faithful, with 55% approving of him to just 10% who disapprove.
-On another sports related topic, Oregon is Mariners country. 31% of voters in the state say they're Seattle fans with no other team even registering in double digits- it's 9% for the Cubs, 7% for the Dodgers, 6% for the Giants and Red Sox, 5% for the Yankees, and 3% for the Braves and Athletics.
-Finally the TV show Portlandia has a 27/18 favorability rating in Oregon, but spurs a large partisan divide. Democrats like the show, 41/11, while Republicans dislike it, 6/28.
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