SurveyUSA has released a new poll on Oregon’s Measure 80, the so-called “Oregon Cannabis Tax Act”. Support for the measure is registering at 37%, with 41% opposed and a whopping 22% undecided.
Some support for the measure demographically breaks down along typical lines, with support greater among the young and Democrats, for instance. Yet only among self-described liberals does Measure 80 enjoy majority (61%) support. The young and Democrats only support Measure 80 at 47% with 1/3rd to 1/4th opposed, respectively. Also, there are a surprising demographic that bucks previous legalization poll trends; support for legalization is lower in the Portland area than the rest of the more-conservative areas of the state.
This bodes poorly for the legalization campaign in Oregon, as undecided voters tend to vote No as the election approaches. Measure 80 will have to move 60% of the undecideds (3 out of 5) into the Yes column to eek out a majority win come November.
Such a massive move in public opinion less than fifty days before the election will take a herculean advertising effort. Unfortunately, at last report the Official Measure 80 Campaign had just about $6,000. Its largest donation from outside of the chief petitioner’s own company, THCF, is $5,000 from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company. You can donate to help out the Official Measure 80 Campaign that has shepherded legalization to the ballot and gotten 37% support for it in Oregon by clicking here.
There is also a new political action committee formed to raise money and support Measure 80 outside of the official Measure 80 campaign. They are called Oregonians for Law Reform and you can donate to their pro-legalization campaign by clicking here.