Rasmussen Poll: Collins Has Big Lead in Maine Senate Race

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Monday, 28 Apr 2014 08:38 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins is in the driver's seat in her bid for re-election this fall, a new poll says.

Rasmussen Reports released the results of its poll of 830 likely Maine voters, and 60 percent support Collins in the November election. Her closest opponent is Democrat Shenna Bellows, who garnered 24 percent of voters' support.

Eighty-one percent of Maine Republicans said they would vote for Collins, while 39 percent of the state's Democrats said they would do the same. Collins also has the support of 64 percent of voters not affiliated with either of the two major parties. Only 45 percent of Democrats in Maine support Bellows.

Last week, the four labor unions at Bath Iron Works in Maine pledged their support to Collins.

"We actually made our endorsement before the Democratic candidate even announced. So, we work close enough and we know the work that she does, and that was the basis of our endorsement," Local S6 International Association of Machinists President Jay Wadleigh told WCSH-TV.

Thirty-four percent of Maine voters surveyed by Rasmussen hold a "very favorable" view of Collins, while 6 percent view her very unfavorably. Bellows, a former director of the ACLU of Maine, sports a very favorable rating of just 8 percent, but 40 percent of voters in the poll had never heard of her.

Collins lost the Maine gubernatorial election in 1994 but was voted into the U.S. Senate two years later. She is seeking her fourth term this November.

Other issues surveyed in the poll include the Affordable Care Act, of which 54 percent of Maine voters have an unfavorable opinion. Sixty percent would like smaller government and just 14 percent rated the economy as good or excellent.

President Barack Obama earned 56 percent of the Maine vote in the 2012 election. Currently, 51 percent of Maine voters polled by Rasmussen approve of the job he is doing.

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