A majority of Oregonians oppose cap-and-trade. That’s according to a survey of 500 Oregonians conducted during the final week of the 2019 legislative session.
The poll revealed that 53% of Oregonians oppose the carbon policy, with 45% of participants saying they were “strongly opposed” to the legislation. Barely 33% of those surveyed expressed support for the bill. Notably, more than 3 out of 4 Oregonians had seen, heard or read something about the cap-and-trade policy before participating in the poll.
Oregon’s cap-and-trade bill received national attention when GOP Senators engaged in a political protest that delayed consideration of the bill for several days. In the end, the proposal failed during the final weeks of the legislative session amid opposition from Republican and Democratic Senators and an upstart grassroots group known as #TimberUnity.
Despite cap-and-trade’s failure earlier this year, Governor Kate Brown has threatened to implement the program via executive order or by reintroducing the proposal in 2020. These latest poll results suggest the Governor’s push would not be welcomed by the vast majority of Oregonians.
Click the link below to access the full results of the poll.