July 11, 2012

Press Herald Poll: President leading race in Maine

Respondents give Obama a 49 percent to 35 percent edge over Romney. In congressional elections, King is out in front, as are Reps. Pingree and Michaud.

By John Richardson jrichardson@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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ABOUT THE POLL

The Portland Press Herald poll was conducted by Critical Insights, a Portland-based opinion research firm.

The company called 615 voters around the state from June 20-25. It used random landlines and cellphones and conducted personal interviews.

The results were statistically weighted to reflect the demographics of the state’s voting population.

The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points for results based on the entire sample, with larger margins for subgroups such as independent voters or older voters.

An additional 100 women were polled to provide additional data on women’s perspectives.

Eighty-seven percent of Democrats and 60 percent of unenrolled voters who were polled said they would definitely or likely vote for her if the election were held now.

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans and 23 percent of independents said they favor the Republican nominee, Maine Sen. Jon Courtney of Springvale.

Angelina Simmons of Harpswell, a 36-year-old educational technician who's an independent voter, said she knows where Pingree stands on issues and "has been very pleased."

Simmons said she supports Pingree on issues such as regulating toxins and expanding access to health care, one of Simmons' biggest concerns. "I think we're going in the right direction toward national health care," she said.

Pingree is married to financier S. Donald Sussman, a contributor to Democratic and charitable causes and the majority share owner of MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and other media outlets in Maine.

As expected, the race in Maine's 2nd Congressional District is closer, according to the poll.

Michaud's lead is strongest among women and voters 55 to 64 years old and older, according to the poll.

Name recognition and more conservative voters in central and northern Maine appear to be helping Republican challenger Kevin Raye, Maine's Senate president.

There also is a relatively large pool of undecided voters, 18 percent.

Alex Waite, 51, a Democrat who's a paper mill worker from East Millinocket, said he may vote for the Republican this time, in part because of frustration with the economy and trade issues.

"I am disappointed in the way things went with (Michaud)," Waite said. "I vote for who I think will benefit me and my area" regardless of party, he said.

 

Staff Writer John Richardson can be contacted at 791-6324 or at: jrichardson@pressherald.com

 

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Jason Bermudez of Portland, a registered Democrat, says he still has faith in President Obama despite the slow economy. “I think he was handed a big mess, and to think that he could have wrapped it all up in four years is a little naïve,” he said.

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Independent voter Elizabeth Sellner of Portland, with her daughter Maiah, says she plans to vote for Mitt Romney because “it’s time to move on” from President Obama.

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