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Bikeportland.org: Poll shows Portlanders split about 50/50 on $8 household 'street fee'

April 10, 2014 | Bikeportland.org-- About half of Portland's English-speaking voters are in favor of an $8-a-month household fee to pay for street repairs and improvements, a city poll testing public attitudes found. The results were announced today at a City Hall press conference led by PBOT Commissioner Steve Novick.

The poll, first covered by BikePortland last week and expanded on by Willamette Week, found 48 percent of Portlanders would oppose an $8 fee, while 47 percent would support it. After the city added details about how the fee might work, the tally shifted to 52 percent in favor.

A higher $12 fee that would offer more benefits seemed slightly less popular. The 800 Portlanders polled in the professionally commissioned phone survey reported 50 percent opposition and 44 percent support, shifting to 51 percent support after more details were offered.

The pollster, DHM Research, wrote in its report that this is "not a statistically significant difference" between opposition and support for either the $8 or $12 fee proposals. The poll had a margin of error of ±3.5%.

Here's DHM's chart for how people responded to the street fee option both before and after learning more about how it would work: READ FULL ARTICLE