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School Satisfaction 1940

1940
Parents polled on the education their children receive in Portland public schools:

78% - Satisfied
17% - Not Satisfied
5% - No Opinion

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Sex Education in Schools 1940

1940
Portland voters asked whether public schools should provide more extensive sex education:

59% - Yes
23% - No
18% - No Opinion

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Nazi Invasion 1940

1940
Portlanders asked whether the country is in danger of a Nazi invasion

33% - Yes
61% - No
6% - No Opinion

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Mushroom Cloud 1951

February 9, 1951
Voters asked whether the city could be the target of an nuclear attack

8%  - Portland would certainly be atom bombed
76% - Portland might possibly be atom bombed
14% - Portland has no chance of being bombed
2%  - No opinion

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Government Corruption

April 21, 1952
Portlanders polled on the prevalence of government corruption:
74% - Lots of corruption has not yet been discovered
9%  - Most dishonest officials have already been caught
17% - No opinion

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Marijuana Usage 1977

March 2, 1977
Portlanders asked about their marijuana usage:
24% - Adults that have used marijuana
12% - Adults currently using marijuana
62% - 18-29 year olds who have used marijuana

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Life in Portland 1982

April, 1982
Oregonians asked what they like most about living here:

24% - Quiet and peaceful
14% - The people
13% - Size
10% - Location
10% - Climate
5%  - Recreational aspects
5%  - I grew up here
20% - Other

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Crime

December 13, 1987
Portlanders polled about safety and crime…

97% - worried about crime
87% - think crime increased in the last year
79% - said they, relatives or friends had been victims of a crime
74% - said it did some good to report crime to police

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Californians coming to Oregon

November 12, 1996
Portlanders asked about the influx of Californians and Washingtonians into the state:

68% - Californians would cause a negative change in their communities.
24% - Washingtonians would have a negative effect.
53% - Oregon's natural environment will deteriorate if more Californians move into the state.
30% - People from Washington would mess things up.

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Same-Sex Marriage

September 6, 2004
Potential voters asked about same-sex marriage:

53% of voters younger than 35 supported same-sex marriage
43% of Oregon women supporti same-sex marriage
26% of men support same-sex marriage

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Environment

August 15, 2006
Portlanders asked to weigh in on logging and the environment:

55% - Support logging as long as remaining old-growth trees are protected
40% - Think Oregon lawmakers have done too little to provide permanent refuge for endangered fish and wildlife
72% - Think logging, mining and development should be restricted on roadless national forest lands.

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Recession

September 17, 2009
Oregonians asked about the impact of the recession:

41% say a family member has had work hours cut
79% say more people are struggling to make ends meet than a year ago
61% express optimism about the national economy
Only 48% of rural residents say they're hopeful.
80% say we need to attract businesses that offer well-paying jobs.
73% worry that the local economy might worsen in the next year

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