Public Opinion Survey

In March 2011, the Portland Business Alliance and Portland General Electric released results of a public opinion survey of registered voters in four Portland-metro counties. The survey, conducted by noted pollster Tim Hibbitts of Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, showed votersí utmost concern is job opportunities. Results also revealed voters want a greater statewide focus on the economy and job creation.

The survey assessed votersí opinions about the economic and job climate as well as voter priorities and goals for the region and their quality-of-life priorities. The poll also gauged whether voters understood where the region stood in terms of average income, finding more than half of the survey respondents were unaware the regionís average income sits below the national average. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents were not satisfied with a lower-than-average income and believe quality of life begins with a good-paying job.