Poll: Dem incumbent holds 5-point lead in Oregon governor's race

Poll: Dem incumbent holds 5-point lead in Oregon governor's race
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) holds a slight lead over her Republican challenger state Rep. Knute Buehler in a new poll just weeks before the November election.

Brown leads Buehler by 5 points, 40 percent to 35 percent, in the DHM Research/Oregon Public Broadcasting poll of registered voters released Tuesday, while 17 percent are undecided.

Perceptions of Brown are divided in the poll, with 45 percent holding a positive view and an equal percentage holding a negative view of the incumbent Democrat. By comparison, 36 percent hold a positive view of Buehler, while 29 percent have a negative one. 

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The poll found that Oregon voters are evenly split, 42 to 42 percent, over whether the state's government is on the right track. 

The poll comes about a week after a survey of likely voters in the state found the gubernatorial race similarly close, with Brown supported by 49 percent of likely voters and Buehler supported by 45 percent.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, lists the Oregon gubernatorial race as "lean Democrat."

The latest survey released Tuesday found that Oregonians were more likely to support a Democrat over a Republican in House races, 45 to 35 percent. Both incumbent U.S. senators, Democrats Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDems face tough vote on Green New Deal GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The border deal: What made it in, what got left out MORE and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules | Chamber launching ad blitz against Trump drug plan | Google offers help to dispose of opioids Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules after 18,000 lose coverage in Arkansas Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes MORE, were also viewed more positively than not in the poll, while a majority of respondents, 55 percent, expressed having a negative view of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE.

A ballot measure to amend the state's constitution to prohibit public funds from being used for abortions or given to abortion providers also looks likely to fail in the poll, with 50 percent of registered voters opposing the measure compared to just 31 percent who say they support it.

The DHM Research/Oregon Public Broadcasting poll of 500 registered voters was conducted Oct. 4-11 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 4.4 points.