Thursday, June 20, 2013
By Steve Mistler firstname.lastname@example.org
State House Bureau
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In this July 2010 file photo, Eliot Cutler and Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa from her Food Network television show, listen to a question from a member of the audience during a luncheon in Portland. Cutler, the independent who finished second in Maine's 2010 gubernatorial race, may take his first step this week toward a second run for governor.
Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer
Grant has said Democrats will do polling to help determine who is their best candidate.
On Tuesday, Public Policy Polling, a national firm, released a poll that indicated LePage is one of the most unpopular governors, with 39 percent of respondents approving of his performance and 55 percent disapproving.
Littlefield disputed those numbers. Even if taken at face value, he said, the numbers showed that the governor has built strong levels of support despite difficult budget challenges.
Public Policy Polling also polled potential gubernatorial races. In each one, LePage came out on top. Cutler finished second in all but two scenarios.
One shows LePage with 34 percent, Michaud with 30 percent and Cutler with 26 percent.
Another shows LePage with 37 percent, Pingree with 31 percent and Cutler with 23 percent.
A third shows LePage with 36 percent, Cutler with 29 percent and Baldacci with 27 percent.
Grant said the results show that Cutler would be only a spoiler.
"If I were Eliot Cutler right now, I would be thinking twice about running for governor," Grant said. "This poll makes it clear that with a strong Democrat in the race, he can't win."
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,268 Maine voters and 510 usual Democratic primary voters from Friday through Sunday. The margin of error for the entire poll is 2.8 percentage points, and 4.4 points for the Democratic portion. The firm does its polling through automated telephone interviews.
It said the Maine poll was not commissioned by any political party or organization. Critics of the firm, including Littlefield, have said its results skew toward Democrats, a claim linked to the firm's Democrat-heavy client list.
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