Poll Suggests Oregon’s Measure 11 Still Popular With Voters

April 18, 2013

By Christian Gaston, The Oregonian

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers are considering removing mandatory minimum sentences for three felonies, but the effort faces political hurdles in the Legislature and, a recent poll suggests, with the public.

In poll of 500 registered voters commissioned by Crime Victims United, which opposes removing mandatory minimum sentences, 72 percent of respondents opposed “reducing by half” the sentences for first-degree sex abuse, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

The poll was conducted by Moore Information, which typically works for Republican clients. The pollster gave the telephone poll, conducted April 10-11, a 5 percent margin of error.

Measure 11, which established mandatory minimum sentences in Oregon, was approved by 66 percent of voters in 1994. In 2000, 73 percent of voters shot down an effort to reverse the measure.

–Christian Gaston

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