Oregonians’ Attitudes Toward Top Political Officials

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DHM Panel October Survey Results
November 14, 2019

Last month, DHM checked in with Oregonians’ regarding their approval of national and state leadership. These findings come from the October 2019 fielding of our DHM Panel. The survey was conducted from October 8 to 15, 2017, and surveyed 591 Oregonians. The results were weighted by age, gender, area of the state, political party, and level of education to ensure a representative sample of Oregon voters. The margin of error for this survey is ±4.0. National polling data of approval averages is from Real Clear Politics. (citation)

Less than half of Oregonians approve of national leaders Trump, Pelosi, and McConnell.
Oregonians’ approval ratings are low for President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. However, just under half disapprove of Pelosi, compared to the almost seven in ten who disapprove of Trump and McConnell. Oregonians (45%) are more likely to have positive impressions of Pelosi than Americans in general (38%). Conversely, Oregonians are less likely to favor both Trump (31% v. 42%) and McConnell (19% v. 25%) than Americans on average.

Oregonians’ approval ratings are low for President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. However, just under half disapprove of Pelosi, compared to the almost seven in ten who disapprove of Trump and McConnell. Oregonians (45%) are more likely to have positive impressions of Pelosi than Americans in general (38%). Conversely, Oregonians are less likely to favor both Trump (31% v. 42%) and McConnell (19% v. 25%) than Americans on average.

Oregonians tend to approve of both Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

Negative impressions of Kate Brown have continued to rise since April 2015, now surpassing rate of approval.

Since DHM first asked Oregonians in April of 2015, disapproval ratings of Governor Brown have tripled. These numbers have been consistently on the rise from 2015 to 2019, while approval ratings have only fluctuated five percentage points during that time. Uncertainty about Brown was at its highest in 2015 (35%) and has consistently declined, to 4%.


Party differences follow a trend for all three state leaders in question, with highest approval coming from Democrats, lowest rates from Republicans, and the other voters falling somewhere in between.

Other than party affiliation, impressions of state leaders are consistent across demographic groups.  The only exception is that tri-county residents tend to be more positive about Senator Merkley and Governor Brown than residents of the rest of the state.

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