Poll Shows Yes on 1 Up 8 Points
A new poll released Wednesday by Critical Insights, a Maine-based public opinion research firm, finds that 51 percent of respondents in its fall tracking survey plan to vote in favor of Question 1 on November's ballot or have already done so. Question 1 is a people's veto seeking to reject a new law banning voter registration on Election Day and for four days beforehand.
Forty-three percent of respondents supported a "no" vote and 6 percent were undecided on the ballot question. The live survey of 600 likely voters, which was conducted from October 18 to 23, has a statistical margin of error of 4 percent, 95 times out of 100.
I should note that I support Question 1 both personally and professionally.
Critical Insights also released results showing a statistical tie on Question 4, a constitutional change to the way Maine handles Congresional redistricting, but the number of undecideds (35 percent) makes drawing any conclusions difficult.
CI did not release results on Questions 2 and 3, likely because they are providing information on those issues to pro or anti-casino organizations.
Governor LePage's favorability was also polled and saw an increase, perhaps due to the end of the contentious legislative session and a comparative lack of recent controversial statements by the governor. Brent Littlefield , a political advisor to the governor and strategic advisor to pro-LePage interest group Maine People Before Politics, credited the uptick to LePage's "leadership on the economy."
The poll shows President Obama in a dead heat with potential Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Maine in a hypothetical presidential match-up and with a significant lead over fellow Republican candidate Rick Perry.