Oregon Public Broadcasting and KPTV (Channel 12) released a pretty interesting poll this morning, taking the pulse of Oregonians post-election.
, conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, produced a somewhat surprising level of optimism (42 percent) that Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber and the Legislature will be able to make "significant progress on the key issues facing Oregon."
Those polled also expressed limited interest in altering Oregon's quirky "kicker," which rebates tax payments when Oregon receipts exceed forecast levels by more than 2 percent. Fifty-two percent of respondents favored changing the law, but 45 percent want to keep it unchanged. That response is unlikely to embolden any Democrats considering kicker reform as a potential source of new revenue.
A second interesting response was that 70 percent of those polled either "strongly support" or "somewhat support" the idea of an "open primary," which proponents say would reduce partisanship. The response is counter-intuitive because voters defeated a 2008 open primary ballot measure 66 percent to 34 percent. Perhaps primaries are like exercise and eating healthfully—many of us conceptually believe in both but cannot bring ourselves to execute.