Oregon Poll: Majority Say Protests Violent; Trump Tops Local Leaders in Approval

The poll, conducted online by non-partisan DHM Research among 502 respondents from Sep. 3 to 8, showed that nearly two-thirds of Oregon voters disapproved of the protests in Portland, which stretched beyond 100 straight nights last week.

Contrary to claims by Democrats — including former Vice President Joe Biden — that the protests have been mostly peaceful, a majority of Oregon voters (56%) believe that the protests in the state have been “mostly violent,” the poll discovered.

A similar majority (55%) felt that the word “riot” should be used to describe the protests, rather than “protest” (37%). And 42% believed that “police in Portland have not used enough force,” compared to 29% who thought police had used too much.

Only 28% of those polled thought the Portland protests were helpful to black people; however, a majority (52%) of young people (18-29) and people of color (51%) were convinced that the protests were, in fact, helpful.

Voters were generally sour on all elected leaders: “Nearly six in 10 Oregon voters disapprove of how President Donald Trump (59%), Governor Kate Brown (57%), and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (58%) are responding to the ongoing protests.” However, 39% approved of Trump’s response, compared to 37% for Brown and 30% for Wheeler — though the difference between Trump and Brown was within the poll’s 4.4% margin of error.

While Trump had the highest level of strong disapproval (51%), he also had the highest level of strong approval (25%).

A separate poll last week showed that a large majority of voters in Portland itself disapproved of Wheeler.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.