The Portland Press Herald commissioned this poll by Critical Insights, a Portland-based, nonpartisan opinion polling firm, to gauge voters' opinions on key issues affecting Maine.


What Maine Thinks
  • Politically, poll reveals differences in Maine districts
    October 2, 2012
    The liberal south and coast vs. the more conservative north is a divide that could again be key in the election.
  • Marriage warriors study lay of the land
    October 1, 2012
    Vote tallies from 2009 may show them where in Maine their strength lies. Or 2012 could surprise them.
  • Poll Analysis: King still the front-runner, but lead erodes
    September 29, 2012
    A statewide survey also finds strong backing for same-sex marriage and a growing lead for Obama.
  • Health Care: Reform law supported in Maine
    September 29, 2012
    A poll finds a majority like Obamacare and oppose its repeal, which diverges from U.S. survey results.
  • Comparing Polls: Varied results arise from differences in methods
    September 29, 2012
    Findings from four surveys differ in part because of live interviews and including cellphone users.
  • Seeing the LePage Effect: Republican candidates aren't campaigning with governor
    September 29, 2012
    Polls showing LePage has tenuous support from voters may keep legislative hopefuls from asking for his help.
  • July Poll: 57 percent would back same-sex marriage
    September 28, 2012
    A political expert says the issue has momentum, but the margin will likely be closer by Election Day.
  • July Poll: For Maine genders, views similar but not equal
    September 28, 2012
    On social and health issues, the economy and more, the gender gap shows in expected -- and some surprising -- ways.
  • July Poll: A third of Mainers losing ground financially
    September 28, 2012
    Cost-of-living increases and limited job options take a toll, just some of the economic concerns on voters' minds.
  • What Maine Thinks: Transcript of live chat with pollster, pundits
    September 28, 2012
    Pollster MaryEllen Fitzgerald and political consultants Dan Demeritt and Mike Cuzzi respond to readers' questions.


  • Poll highlights
    MaryEllen Fitzgerald, president of Critical Insights, discusses highlights of the poll.



    Previous poll results
    See the results of earlier polls on key issues.
    What Maine Thinks: July poll

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