The poll by D-H-M Research of Portland asked 400 voters about a week ago their impression of Kitzhaber and his Republican opponent Dennis Richardson.
Pollster John Horvick.
"49 percent say its time to replace Kitzhaber, while 35 percent say they want to re-elect him. But in a head to head matchup with his presumed Republican challenger Dennis Richardson, Kitzhaber leads 48 percent to 36 percent. So almost a majority are open to replacing Kitzhaber, but in a head to head with Richardson, Kitzhaber leads by 12 percentage points."
The poll also found a majority of those asked support same sex marriage in the state.
"In April 2013, 49 percent said they support amending the constitution, but now 58 percent do. So the trend is continuing -- the strength is there is it goes to the ballot, but it's still undecided if that's going to happen. But if it does, it'll likely be successful. It has the support of all democratic groups except Republicans, and has the support of all age and gender groups and all areas of the state."
The poll also found 53 percent of Oregonians support legalizing marijuana while 38 percent oppose it.
"So we see a slim majority. The people who support it the strongest are men, democrats and independents and those who most oppose it are rural residents, Republicans and females."