September 30, 2010

Governor's race a dead heat in poll

By Matt Wickenheiser
Staff Writer

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Moody noted that his numbers are up, and the poll was taken before his campaign had some positive news -- an endorsement from former Maine GOP Chairman Mark Ellis.

"Obviously, any forward motion is good," Moody said. "The more undecideds put those votes in play. If you had a candidate and now you're undecided, you're looking for another home."

Scott questioned the validity of a poll that surveyed only 405 registered voters in Maine.

"Those poll numbers don't match up to the volume of volunteers reaching out and the feedback from voters," Scott said. "Since the WGME debate (on Saturday), the numbers are going up statewide for requests for lawn signs, literature, as well as some contributions."

The poll broke down voter support in various ways, including region, age and gender. According to the results, 41 percent of men supported LePage, compared with 24 percent who favored Mitchell. Thirty-six percent of female voters supported Mitchell, compared with LePage's 19 percent.

LePage held 43 percent of the 18- to 34-year-old vote, while Cutler and Mitchell each had 12 percent. Mitchell had 34 percent of the 35- to 64-year-old vote, and LePage had 26 percent.

Geographically, Mitchell's support was strongest in the southern and coastal parts of the state; LePage's came from northern and central Maine.

Of those polled, 53 percent were female, 47 percent male. Forty-two percent were age 18 to 44, followed by 41 percent at 45 to 66 and 17 percent at 65 or older.

Politically, 37 percent of those polled were Democrats, 36 percent were Republicans and 23 percent were unenrolled.

According to the Maine Secretary of State's Office, there are 977,025 registered voters in Maine. Democrats comprise 33 percent of those voters; Republicans make up 28 percent. Unenrolled voters are the largest group, at about 36 percent.

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