Poll: LePage unpopular, but would win 2nd term in 3-way contest

Public Policy Polling calls Gov. Paul LePage one of the most unpopular governors in the country. But a new survey from the North Carolina pollster shows LePage has a good shot at winning re-election next year in a three-way match-up.

Just 39 percent of voters surveyed approve of LePage’s job performance and 55 percent disapprove, but the Republican governor came out on top in every three-way match-up the pollster tested in a survey released Tuesday.

The survey asked voters for their preferences if LePage were running against independent Eliot Cutler and five different Democrats: former Gov. John Baldacci, U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, Attorney General Janet Mills and former state Sen. (and BDN columnist) Ethan Strimling.

LePage came out on top in each scenario, leading four to seven points. Cutler came in second each time, except for when Michaud and Pingree were thrown into the mix. In a LePage-Michaud-Cutler race, LePage would take 34 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Michaud and 26 for Cutler.

If Pingree were the Democratic contender, LePage would take 37 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Pingree and 23 percent for Cutler.

LePage, according to the polling, would have a tough time in a two-way contest. He would trail Cutler 49-41, Baldacci 53-38, Michaud 57-36 and Pingree 53-40.

Democrats polled said Baldacci was their top choice for their party’s 2014 nominee. But PPP noted Michaud has high favorability statewide, which could position him well for a Blaine House run either next year or in the future. Some 58 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable opinion of the 2nd District congressman while 23 percent registered an unfavorable opinion.

LePage hasn’t announced whether he plans to seek a second term, though he’s formed a campaign committee and has been raising money for another Blaine House bid.

PPP surveyed 1,268 Maine voters for the survey, which had a 2.8 percent margin of error. PPP also surveyed 510 usual Democratic primary voters for a Democrats-only poll, which had a 4.4 percent margin of error.

The survey took place Jan. 18-20.

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I think this is a joke

IALMFAO...this story is a joke ..right??? Who took this poll and who paid them...he is the worst Governor we have had and the most embarrassing on we ever had...he has made Maine a laughing stock with the fact that he was even elected...let's hear another joke please...

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage unpopular, but would win 2nd term in 3-way contest

Matt 13.01.23 16:35 hst ?
Paul Le Page coming in second in a three - way ?
That would be interesting to witness , huh , ME Zumba ® fans ?
We'll wait for the video . ..
/s , Steve http:/www.letsmove.gov

Amedeo Lauria's picture

Only the BDN could come up with a headline like this...

"Poll: LePage unpopular, but would win 2nd term in 3-way contest."

He's unpopular but he would win a three way contest??? I laughed when I saw this, they just can't give the man his due...

I would love to see a ballot with LePage, Baldacci and Cutler on it!

I think more and more Mainers over time will realize that, though they don't agree with his style, he understands what's needed to get Maine up and running economically and suffers no fools.

Raising taxes on already overtaxed Mainers and high energy costs are not two of them!

head examined

You are in need of an exam if you think that LePage is a good governor..his shifting everything to the local government will only increase the taxes for the people of all the cities and towns in the state...how do you figure he hasn't raised taxes when this shifting of the burden is only to make himself look good..he hasn't solved anything buddy..

Steve  Dosh's picture

Amadeuo , 16:40 hst ?

Amadeuo , 16:40 hst ? Weds. , Hump Day
Mee 3 ? i L m a o when i read the headline •
I'd love to see Paul in a ballet tu tu , too
b t w - ( and i am not making this up ) " Tu - Tu " means Grandmother in Hawai'ian • 
Q ; What do you call a male ballerina ? A: _________________ ?
it's a joke . Only a joke • /s , Steve http://hawaiiannames.hisurf.com/

RONALD RIML's picture

Don't laugh...... Truth is stranger than fiction

German General Dietrich Graf (Count) von Hülsen-Haeseler was dressed as a ballerina and dancing for Kaiser Wilhelm II at the Kaiser's hunting lodge when he died of a heart attack in 1908.

John Goddard's picture

The way the GOP lawmakers,

The way the GOP lawmakers, local and nationwide have fixed the redistricting, no matter how many votes Dem, or Independent will get, the GOP will win. Now they are fixing it so the same will happen for the Presidency.

Steve  Dosh's picture

John , 16:50 hst hump

John , 16:50 hst hump day
Although we trust the G O P about as far as we can - t h r o w - them , four years is an eternity in US politics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering
Maybe they'll put those two Mexican brothers who live in the S W ( one is Mayor of San Antonio and one is the freshman [ R ] Senator from N M ) on the Presdential ticket a lá John and Bobbie Kennedy
Don't hold you breath though
At least not with that loser retread [sic.] John McCain still complaining about things he can not possibly change in Africa
? h t h /s, Steve :)

Frank Margel's picture


Paul Lepage works with numbers... Do the math, Baldacci is a liberal career politician and wants to get the press to undermine our current fiscal and budget crisis! Do the math!

RONALD RIML's picture

LePage looks like he's in the 'Numbers Racket' alright

I couldn't pass that one up. ;)


A run-off

This seems to scream for a run-off in our gubernatorial elections. If we don't want to repeat the fiasco we had the last time. Maine has very strong independent candidates and more Democrats than Republicans. It is not in the best interest of our state to have a minority thwarting the wishes of the majority. Our governor should win with a clear majority.

Frank Margel's picture

A run-off

Thumbs up CG!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

No one asked me.......

No one asked me anything, they would have gotten an earful. I wonder if these people know about his little episode with the Independents.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Frank 5 pm hst ? Good point

Frank 5 pm hst ?
Good point •
. . and " I am all ears , " Ross Perot , too :)
/s , Steve


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