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Cornilles’ Bad Week Reflected in New Polling

Dec 16, 2011


Contact: Erik Dorey  |  Communications Director  |  press [at] dpo [dot] org  |  (503) 960-6789

Portland, Ore. (December 16, 2011) – 

A very bad week for Republican Rob Cornilles was capped today with the first public poll of the general election showing him 11 points down to Suzanne Bonamici. Investigative reports from Willamette Week and the Oregonian surfaced this week calling into question Cornilles’ business credentials, job creation claims and hypocrisy on tax breaks. Portland TV stations KGW and KATU also ran the damaging stories.

The survey of likely voters in Oregon’s 1st District was conducted exactly as the reports about Cornilles were breaking, and it reflects the initial impact on voters tuned in as the core message of Cornilles’ campaign was unraveling.

“It’s not surprising that stunning revelations about Rob Cornilles are having an impact on this race,” said Trent Lutz, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “Given that Rob has sold himself for three years as a successful job creator, and this week’s news reports undermined that claim completely, it only makes sense that many voters are rejecting his campaign.”


Daily Kos/SEIU OR-1 Poll

The candidates in the special election for Congress are Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles. If the election was today, who would you vote for?


Suzanne Bonamici—52%

Rob Cornilles—41%



Public Policy Polling, 979 Likely Voters, MoE 3.1%, December 13, 2011 – December 14, 2011.