The campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Monica Wehby is touting a Daily Caller/Vox Populi poll showing the challenger in a dead heat with incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. 618 active voters were polled between April 28-30.
If the general election came down to Wehby and Merkley, according to the poll, Wehby holds a 40-39 edge, with five percent leaning towards the Portland doctor, and two percent leaning towards the first-term senator. 14 percent are undecided.
In the governor's race, Kitzhaber- the three-term governor- is tied with State Rep. Dennis Richardson at 40 percent for each candidate. Both candidates have an additional four percent each who lean towards voting fo them. 12 percent of those polled aren't sure who they'd vote for.
Among the poll's findings- 19 percent have a strongly favorable opinion of Merley, 17 percent are somewhat favorable, 16 percent are somewhat unfavorable, 16 percent are strongly unfavorable, while 32 percent have no opinion.
Attitudes towards the Affordable Health Care Act and Cover Oregon may be affecting voters' attitudes towards the incumbents. 17 percent see the health care programs as a success, 46 percent see them as failures, and 37 percent see them as somewhere in between.
Oregon's vote-by-mail primary election is being held Tuesday, May 20th. Both GOP challengers have opposition in their bids for the Republican nomination.