DHM Research

Oregonians’ persistent pessimism

Oregonians have not broken out of their funk.

A new statewide survey finds that Oregonians continue to think that the state is on the wrong track, hold negative views of Governor Kotek and President Biden, and are increasingly worried about the economy. Here are some key findings from the survey:

  • Just 29% of Oregonians think the state is headed in the right direction, while 57% think we are on the wrong track.
  • Governor Kotek starts her term with a skeptical electorate. Only 34% of Oregonians hold a positive impression of her.
  • Positive impressions of President Biden have declined. At the start of his term, 53% of Oregonians viewed him positively. Now 40% have a positive impression of him.
  • Worries about the economy have returned to levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic. Currently, 60% rate Oregon’s economic conditions as poor, and a majority (53%) think they are getting worse. Moreover, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Oregonians report being worried about their personal finances.
  • The 2023 legislative session is underway, and Oregonians do not have a clear idea what the top priorities are for Democrats or Republicans. But Governor Kotek’s positioning has cut through. Oregonians are more likely to think that homelessness is Governor Kotek’s top priority than it is for Democrats or Republicans.
Chart with data showing that, "Most Oregonians now think economic conditions in the state are getting worse".