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For those of you interested in the text of our recent poll questions about the misguided plan to add fluoridation chemicals to Portland's drinking water and increase water rates to pay for it, here you go! If you want to check out any of the citations for the facts in the poll questions please visit our references page.

To understand why fluoridation supporters are trying to divert attention from the actual issues that matter in the campaign and are focusing their attention on our poll, be sure to check out the latest news on the Oregon Health Authority cavity data released last week showing that kids' cavity rates in Oregon have dropped by 19% and in Multnomah County by 10% in the last five years.

Investigative reporting by KATU News also just found that the averaged decay rates of kids in Portland's schools was actually lower than averaged rates for kids in schools in the fluoridated Oregon cities that were part of the study. Check out KATU's report, which was also covered by the Willamette Week.

KATU News Story  "Before you vote: Fluoride and kids' teeth - what does the data show?"

Willamette Week,  "State Data Raise Questions About Fluoride's Impact KATU Reports"

Oregonian News Story  "New report shows across-the-board dental improvements for Oregon kids" Oregonian, April 24, 2013

And with that context, our poll questions!

 

Intro:

Hello, this is a short poll on the upcoming vote on whether to add fluoridation chemicals to Portland’s drinking water and pay for it through increased Portland Water Bureau rates.

Q1

How would you vote on the measure to add fluoridation chemicals and increase water rates if the election was today? Voting yes, leaning to voting yes, voting no, leaning to voting no or undecided?

If you would vote yes press 1, if you are leaning to voting yes press 2, if you would vote no press 3, if you’re leaning to voting no press 4, and if you are undecided press 5. 

Q2

Did you know the fluoridation chemical the Water Bureau would add to our water is called fluorosilicic acid and is not a naturally occurring fluoride mineral or even the pharmaceutical grade fluoride in toothpaste?  Instead, fluorosilicic acid is an industrial by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Press one if you were aware of this. Press 2 if you were not aware of this.

Q3

Did you know that following a major National Academy of Sciences report in 2006 that the federal government called for a reduction in fluoridation concentrations by over 40% because of concerns people were getting too much fluoride? Press 1 if you knew this.  Press two if you did not know this.

Q4

Did you know that according to recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences and other leading researchers, that even low fluoride levels can damage the brain, thyroid, and bones? Press one if you were aware of these risks. Press 2 if you were not aware of these risks.

Q5

In light of these facts, has your opinion changed on the measure to add fluoridation chemicals and increase water rates? If the election were held today, how would you describe your position on the measure to add fluoridation chemicals and increase water rates? Voting yes, leaning to voting yes, voting No, leaning to voting no, or undecided?

If you would vote yes press 1, if you are leaning to voting yes press 2, if you would vote no press 3, if you’re leaning to voting no press 4, and if you are undecided press 5. 

Outro:  Thank you for your participation, this poll was paid for by Clean Water Portland PAC.

 

Alternative questions:

Q2

Did you know that the fluoridation measure dose not contain any limit on how much the Portland Water Bureau could increase water rates to pay for a new water fluoridation plant that could cost rate payers up to $7.6 million and over $500,000 annually?  Did you know that the Water Bureau’s cost estimates ignore the fact that Portland residents will likely have to pay the fluoridation costs for 40% of Water Bureau customers that live outside the city since they already have long-term water contracts?

Press one if you are concerned.  Press 2 if you are not concerned.

Q3

Did you know that fluoride is the only substance the government adds to the water with the goal of treating human health?  Are you concerned that the government should not be making health care decisions for Portlanders who may not consent to having fluoridation chemicals added to their water?

Press one if you are concerned.  Press 2 if you are not concerned.

Q4

Did you know that the fluoridation chemical the Water Bureau would add to our water is called fluorosilicic acid and is not a naturally occurring fluoride mineral or even the pharmaceutical grade fluoride in toothpaste?  Instead, fluorosilicic acid is a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry.  Press one if you were aware of this.  Press 2 if you were not aware of this.

 

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