Rasmussen Poll: LePage, Michaud Tied in Maine Governor's Race

Image: Rasmussen Poll: LePage, Michaud Tied in Maine Governor's Race Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud.

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 12:46 PM

By Melanie Batley

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In Maine's three-way governor's race, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud is tied with incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a new poll has found.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted April 23-25 of 830 likely voters, Michaud and LePage each have 40 percent support in an early look at the race, and each earns 75 percent support from voters affiliated with their own parties.

Independent Eliot Cutler comes in a distant third with 14 percent support, while 5 percent say they are undecided.

LePage was first elected governor in 2010 with 38 percent of the vote. Cutler came in second in that race with 36 percent support. Michaud has been serving in the House since 2003.

The survey also indicated that 47 percent of voters in Maine approve of the job LePage is doing as governor, compared to 52 percent who disapprove. Within those figures, 29 percent said they strongly approve compared to 37 percent who said they strongly disapprove.

LePage is currently leading Michaud in the percentage of people who view him favorably, though a higher percentage of people also view LePage unfavorably.

Specifically, 28 percent of voters say they view LePage very favorably compared to 41 percent who say they view him very unfavorably. By comparison, 24 percent say they have a very favorable opinion of Michaud, while 20 percent view him very unfavorably.

"All three candidates are well known in the state, but at this early point in an election cycle, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers," the organization said.

The survey also found that voters trust LePage more than Michaud on a number of major issues. On handling taxes, LePage is more trusted, with 41 percent compared to 36 percent for Michaud. LePage also leads in voter trust on government spending, with 43 percent support compared to 35 percent for Michaud.

Michaud, however, has more trust among voters when it comes to social issues, with 41 percent compared to 33 percent for the governor. The survey also found that the candidates are tied on levels of trust when it comes to dealing with government ethics and corruption.

Though it is not yet clear to what extent opinions about Obamacare will affect choices in the 2014 elections, 80 percent of voters in Maine who have a very favorable view of the law support Michaud, who voted for the Affordable Care Act. Seventy-seven percent of the voters who have a very unfavorable view of Obamacare said they support LePage.

In total, the poll found that 39 percent of the state's voters have a favorable opinion of the healthcare law, while 54 percent view it unfavorably.

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