By Portland Business Journal

A survey of registered Portland voters indicates strong support for a ban on plastic bags and a fee for paper bags.

Portland-based Grove Insight found that 61 percent of those surveyed favor banning plastic bags and paying 5-cent fees for paper bags. Another 31 percent oppose it while 8 percent are undecided.

However, residents responded to the survey after hearing a message that favorably promoted reusable shopping bags.

Of the supporters, 44 percent strongly back the notion. Among opponents, 21 percent said they ⿿oppose, strongly⿝ the bag ideas.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, whose office distributed Groveâ¿¿s the survey, has long supported banning plastic bags. Heâ¿¿s scheduled to introduce an ordinance on the matter on Friday.

The issue earned attention this week when a handful of activists, each wearing a suit made of hundreds of plastic bags, addressed Portlandâ¿¿s City Council in favor of a future ban.

Businesses involved in the effort include Keen Footwear and clothing company Looptworks.

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