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 MerkleyEnvironmentalists, Oregon senators oppose DOT increasing transport of natural gas by rail Senate Democrat says he is concerned intelligence community is 'bending' Soleimani presentations Democrats conflicted over how to limit Trump's war powers MORE and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenTrump poised to kick off election-year fight over Medicaid Overnight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Mnuchin warns UK, Italy of tariffs if digital tax plans are implemented 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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.