Poll shows LePage approval rating at 43 percent

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is currently more popular among Mainers than Gov. John Baldacci was right before the election, according to an opinion poll released Monday. However, that same survey shows LePage isn't enjoying much of a honeymoon with voters.

Those were some of the highlights from Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based firm that conducts surveys across the United States. The organization was active during the 2010 election, conducting several comprehensive polls that measured the governor's race, as well as the popularity of Maine's congressional delegation.

Over the last several days PPP has been releasing results from an automated survey of 1,247 registered voters taken between March 3 and March 6. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.

The poll shows that 48 percent of respondents disapprove of LePage's performance while 43 percent approve.

According to PPP, that ratio is better than Baldacci's approval numbers from a poll taken last fall. However, it also shows that LePage hasn't earned a lot of goodwill among Mainers since he was elected with 38 percent of the vote in a five-way race.

According to PPP's Tom Jensen, LePage's approval rating puts him "in almost as bad shape as polarizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and ousted Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland."

LePage is still popular with most Republicans with 77 percent of those surveyed approving. Eighty percent of Democrats disapprove, while 50 percent of independents disapprove.

Thirty-eight percent of independents approve, while 12 percent weren't sure.

The majority of women respondents, 52 percent, disapprove of LePage's job performance, with 39 percent approve.

He is more popular with men, with 49 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving of his job performance.

Dan Demeritt, LePage's spokesman, said the governor wasn't concerned with the poll or the apparent end of his honeymoon with voters after just 10 weeks in office.

"I heard him tell leadership (in the Legislature) that he doesn't care if he's unpopular," Demeritt said. "He's pretty comfortable being judged on the results."

The survey also polled Mainers' attitude toward gay marriage with the majority of respondents, 47 percent to 54 percent, favoring it.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also remains popular with most Mainers. Collins has a favorability rating of 56-34 with 10 percent unsure.

PPP last week reported that U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe remained widely popular with most respondents, but that she was almost breaking even among Republicans, many of whom said they favored a more conservative candidate in the 2012 primary.

The results show Collins and Snowe are popular among Democrats and independents.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, has a 54-28 favorability margin statewide, including 30 percent among Republicans and 57 percent of independents. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has a winning favorability rating statewide, 45-39, including 47-33 rating among independents.

(This story was updated to correct Collins' approval/disapproval rating)

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43% is is a 6 points higher

43% is is a 6 points higher than the idiot we have in the Whitehouse. AP poll Obamas Approval 37%.
43% in a state thats so blue its bleeding purple aint bad, aint bad at all.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The poll

It's interesting how they tell us very little about the people who conducted this poll and where they polled and what questions they asked. It makes me wonder why. Personally I think the governor is the gift who keeps on giving if you are a dem or a liberal.

Larry T. Doughty's picture

Governor LePage-Poll

Governor LePage, will do just fine. He has a tough job ahead, in trying to get this state back on the rails.

It is not easy, or a pretty picture in doing so, but the governor, has a tough job, as he continues with his promises of looking out for the people.

Terry Donald's picture

He should care

"I heard him tell leadership (in the Legislature) that he doesn't care if he's unpopular," Demeritt said. "He's pretty comfortable being judged on the results."
At this point Mr LePage ought to start caring. The reason that he is unpopular, and not approved of by the majority of mainers is because his actions fly in the face of what he campaign as and what people expect of him as Governor.
By sitting in his office, crossing his arms and defying the people he expands his appearance as an out of touch autocratic buffoon. He is taking our state in the wrong direction, it is plain and simple!

Bob Stone's picture

Terry, What is the "Right Direction?"

Did King and Baldacci have the state going in the right direction? Have you ever seen the "Measures of Progress" report published by the Maine Development Foundation?

What is the right direction?

GARY SAVARD's picture

Fortunately, governor Lepage

Fortunately, governor Lepage is there to solve problems and not win a popularity contest with all the special interests that have been having their way with the State's tax dollars for years. Time will tell how successful he is or isn't in his quest, but until then his opposition will have plenty to complain about.

Brad Severance's picture

Unfortunately,....

...All that is changing is which special interest will be catered to. Also Unfortunate, is the fact that many of these special interests, are from inside, but also outside of Maine, and it is highly unlikely that they have the best interest of the people of Maine in their hearts.

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