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All Things Equal? Oregonians Skeptical Our Economy is Fair.

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by dhm-research

While many have celebrated the recovery from the Great Recession, some have called attention to how the rewards of our growing economy—and our economic system more broadly—are distributed. While worries about personal finances have lessened over the past decade, Oregonians still have broad concerns about the economy: they doubt the impact of hard work on success, say the country’s economy is unfair, and critique inequality in Oregon and across the United States. Read on for all the details!

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Get Oregon-ized: Civic Engagement and Social Capital in the Beaver State

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by dhm-research

Even in this hyper-politicized age, there’s little indication that Oregonians are ready to retreat from public life. They have high expectations for how much they can make a difference in their community, and they’re willing to put in the work to make it happen. That said, not everyone feels they can have an impact—and the question of who you know may be hurting some Oregonians’ chance to make the changes they want to see. Read on for the full scoop from September’s DHM Panel!

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Like a House on Fire: Oregonians Feel the Heat of the Real Estate Market

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by dhm-research

With housing prices surging across the state, Oregonians are feeling the effects of a booming market. They have high hopes and dreams about the security a home can bring, but many don’t feel they have access to this security. Along with rising costs comes a rising perception that ordinary Oregonians can’t afford a set of house keys anymore—and perhaps can’t afford a place at the table in a growing Oregon economy.

Back in the June edition of our DHM Panel we asked Oregonians how they view the housing market and their place in it. Read on below for the complete findings!

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Work in Progress: Oregonians Like their Jobs, But Some Feel Stuck

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by dhm-research

With Labor Day around the corner, we wanted to get a read on how Oregonians feel about their work, their workplace, and their position in the economy. The good news: workers in Oregon are overwhelmingly happy in their jobs—-no surprise, given that the state’s economy continues to boom. However, this general positivity shouldn’t mask pockets of dissatisfaction. Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, or age affects a substantial minority of the population, and many people with lower incomes and in rural areas don’t feel it’s possible to move up in this economy.

Read on below for more findings from our August DHM Panel!

As always, you can find us on Twitter and continue the conversation @DHMresearch!

Getting Our Priorities Straight: Education and Equity in Oregon

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by dhm-research

As Oregon’s students become more diverse, with a wide range of lived experiences and different racial and ethnic backgrounds, Oregon’s schools are learning to adapt to address those diverse needs. Currently, the Oregon Department of Education’s equity initiatives are aimed at addressing the gaps within education quality for all students. Oregonians are mostly in agreement with this approach and what schools’ priorities should generally be. However, they are divided by ideology on where achievement gaps exist, how they should be addressed, and even some core values of our education system.



State Tax Structure: One Thing Oregonians Would Happily Welcome From California

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by dhm-research

As legislators in Salem consider reforming Oregon’s tax system to account for a significant budget shortfall, we asked DHM panelists about the values they associate with taxation. As with most things tax-related, it turns out there are some gripes, grumbles, and sour grapes. In a blind test pitting Oregon’s system against California’s and Washington’s, less than one in ten prefer our current system. Charting a path to tax reform is a high-wire balancing act, one easily derailed by partisan bickering. Perhaps there’s some bittersweet solace to be found in a source of unanimous agreement across all Oregonians, that the middle class and small businesses are getting the short end of the stick.

Read on for more!

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Seeing is Believing: Oregonians Desire Transparency and Accountability

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by dhm-research


The past year has brought a long-simmering trend in politics onto center stage: increasing polarization and partisanship. For the past few years, DHM Research has monitored an ever-widening divide in perceptions and priorities between Oregon’s Democrats and Republicans. At the same time, the proportion of Oregonians who are not members of either major party continues to grow.

In this political landscape, is there any room for compromise and consensus? Read on below for findings from our first DHM Panel of the year to find out!

Your wishlist for 2017: Oregon’s take on America’s real problems

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by dhm-research

As a very long year wound to a close, we gave our panel of Oregonians a break from decking the halls and mourning their favorite pop culture figures by sending out a DHM Panel survey. This month’s focus was Oregonians’ biggest pet peeves and policy wishes: the fascinating, arcane, subtle-yet-important, and just-plain-bizarre societal changes you dearly wish to see enacted—or at the very least asked about in a DHM Panel survey.

Oregonians See Value in Banks Working With Legal Marijuana Businesses

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by dhm-research

The legal cannabis industry is projected to top $7 billion in national sales this year—that was before voters in eight additional states tallied their support for legalized recreational or medical marijuana on November 8, 2016. Including Oregon, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana, while 29 have done so for medical use. Despite growing support for legalization and the industry’s robust economic growth in states permitting recreational use, only a small percentage of banks and credit unions currently accept deposits or provide banking services to marijuana-related businesses.

To better understand how the public views this dynamic, DHM Research and banking industry experts LT Public Relations partnered on groundbreaking research using Oregon—our own backyard—as a case study. The state legalized recreational marijuana on July 1, 2015, and as our study showed, Oregonians aren’t shy about their use: 26% said they had used a marijuana product in the last 30 days. Additionally, Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill that removed any state criminal liability from banks and credit unions that choose to do business with legal marijuana businesses.

From November 10 to 17, 2016, we surveyed nearly 800 Oregon residents regarding their opinions of the marijuana industry, financial institutions, and how collaboration between the two would shift their perceptions. Asked if their impression of their financial institution would change if it held deposits and made loans to various industries, Oregonians indicated that they see a partnership between financial institutions and legal marijuana-related businesses as desirable. Nearly nine in ten (87%) said that offering financial services to the legal marijuana industry would either not alter or improve their impressions of their financial institution.

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About LT Public Relations

LT Public Relations is a comprehensive communications firm based in Portland, Oregon. The firm partners with clients across the United States to deliver individualized communications strategies and relevant, results-oriented public relations initiatives. More information is available at

Oregonians Agree: This Election Was Awful

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by dhm-research

In the October 2016 DHM Panel, we asked Oregonians how they felt about the impending election. Everyone agreed on at least one thing: this election season was terrible. But as for why and what comes next? Oregonians are still divided.