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Portland groups say Metro survey questions pit a sound economy against a healthy environment

By Eric Mortenson,
OregonLive.com

Leaders of 18 Portland-area conservation, alternative transportation and progressive development groups believe an on-line survey sponsored by Metro wrongly pits a strong economy against a healthy environment.



The December survey, part of Metro's attempt to gauge public opinion about regional infrastructure projects and the Columbia River Crossing, promotes the "specious proposition" that the two goals are in opposition, says the letter to Metro Council President Tom Hughes and Metro councilors.

The questions on Metro's Opt In site "require numerous false choices and read like a push poll," the letter says. A push poll is a political campaign trick of framing survey questions in a way that will produce answers beneficial to the campaign.

"Misleading and skewed questions perpetuate the false dichotomy that the region must choose either environmental protection or economic development as its priority for the future, a dichotomy that Metro and the region's residents have rejected many times," the letter says.

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