Sunday, May 08, 2011

Poll Watch: Maine Today Media/Pan Atlantic SMS Group Maine Survey on Governor Paul LePage

Maine Today/Pan Atlantic SMS Maine Survey on Gov. Paul LePage

What is your overall opinion of Gov. Paul LePage?
  • Favorable 39% (41%)
  • Unfavorable 56% (48%)
How would you rate Gov. LePage's performance so far?
  • Excellent 7%
  • Good 14%
  • Average 22%
  • Poor 23%
  • Very poor 32%
Since Gov. LePage has taken office, do you think he has moved the state of Maine forward, backward, or is it in the same place?
  • Forward 18%
  • Backward 40%
  • Same place 35%
Survey of 401 registered Maine voters who voted in the November 2010 elections was conducted April 25 - May 2, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted October 2010 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
Democratic and independent voters were more likely to say that LePage has done a poor job. Republicans were more likely to say that he has done a good or excellent job. Nearly a third of Republicans said he has done an average job. 
"He's not currying favor with a lot of independents, and independents make up about a third of the voting bloc," Patrick Murphy of the Pan Atlantic SMS Group said. "They're very significant and they're very important, and he's not holding them." 
About 60 percent of the respondents from the 1st Congressional District -- generally southern Maine -- said LePage has done a poor job, compared with about 50 percent from the 2nd Congressional District. 
Women were more likely than men to say that LePage has done a poor job -- about 64 percent to 46 percent. 
About 35 percent of those polled said they voted for the governor last fall; about 76 percent of those respondents said they would do it again. About 11 percent said they would not, and about 13 percent said they were unsure. 
About 65 percent of respondents said they disapprove of the governor's decision to remove the mural from the Department of Labor headquarters in Augusta. About 21 percent said they approve. 
About 70 percent of all respondents said the national attention LePage has drawn to Maine has been bad for the state. Just 19 percent said it has been good. About 11 percent said they were unsure. 
Even among Republicans, about 45 percent said the attention has been bad. About 87 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of independent voters said the attention has been bad.

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