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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:31 PM

PPP: Maine Gov. LePage Extremely Unpopular

Source: TPM



TOM KLUDT 12:42 PM EST, TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2013

A majority of Maine voters disapprove of the job Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) is doing, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Tuesday.

Fifty-five percent of voters in the state said they disapprove of LePage's performance as governor, compared with 39 percent who approve. The poll also showed LePage, who will be up for re-election next year, losing in every hypothetical head-to-head matchup. But LePage won every three-way hypothetical that was tested by PPP, an indication that a third-party candidate may ultimately rescue the unpopular governor.

Elected in 2010, the combative LePage has drawn plenty of attention for his often-stormy relationship with other lawmakers and the press. A meeting with legislators last week ended with LePage pounding on the table and cursing. Last summer, LePage criticized the new federal health care law by comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo. When a reporter asked him about the comparison, LePage offered a profanity-laced apology to those who were offended.

"It was never intended to offend anyone," LePage said in July. "And if someone's offended, then they ought to be goddamn mad at the federal government."

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ppp-maine-gov-lepage-extremely-unpopular



Link to PPP results:
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_ME_012213.pdf

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:35 PM

1. Thank GAWD!!!! That guy comes across like the worst possible stereotype of a racist, sexist jerk.

I am glad the good people of Maine have a discerning attitude. I hope they can blunt any gamesmanship and elect someone with progressive ideas and ideals. That clown is just a tool.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:43 PM

2. No kidding!!

My republican in-laws live in Maine, and they can't STAND him.

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:59 PM

4. Well if they have another 3 way then he will win again. Gosh I hope people will vote him

 

out. I always thought people of Vt were very wise people. Come on people you can do better.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:53 PM

11. Three ways only work with willing partners.

If some potential 3d party person thinks about diving in, a letter writing campaign may be necessary.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:26 PM

12. true but Iwould tell them see how it worked out for them. Not so well.

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:48 PM

3. That was the same 39% that elected him in the first place -idiots


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:30 PM

5. His election, like many in 2010, was an aberration. He's toast. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:09 PM

6. Do a Walkeroust on him. It's Maine. You never know. You might actually get rid of him.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:12 PM

7. The Dem was actually the spoiler

the independent finished one lousy point behind LePew. The Dem ended up with a whopping 21 percent.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:16 PM

8. What happens when Liberals pitch a fit and don't vote. n/t

nt

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Response to broadcaster75201 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:13 PM

10. They actually did vote in Maine, contrary to the popular narrative.

It was a five way race. The Democrat along with two others acted as a spoiler for the next strongest candidate who would've easily beaten LePage: Eliot Cutler, an Independent. LePage won 38%, and Cutler won 36%. The Democrat Libby Mitchell was a distant third at just 19%.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:13 PM

9. If it's a three-way, I am voting for the independent

It worked for electing Angus King and it will work to shitcan LePage.

The "spoiler" from last time is considering running again: http://www.pressherald.com/politics/Cutler-prepping-2014-Blaine-House-bid.html

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