BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll

May 7, 2014
By Alex Showerman | 5 comments

BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll
Democracy for America Backs Michaud as "common sense alternative" to LePage

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is beating far-right Republican Governor Paul LePage by 4 percentage points in Maine's 2014 Gubernatorial race in polling, released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America.



With strong support from its over 7,000 members in Maine, Democracy for America, the national progressive political organization founded by Governor Howard Dean, has endorsed Michaud in his race for Governor.



See the polling results below.

In addition to showing Michaud besting LePage electorally, the new polling shows that voters continue to strongly disagree (57%-37%) with LePage's staunch opposition to providing nearly 70,000 Mainers access to healthcare through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.



With nearly 51% saying that they are more likely to support Michaud following LePage's refusal to accept the federal funds to expand MaineCare, the Governor's willingness to derail the Affordable Care Act at all costs could prove to be the decisive issue in the Pine Tree State's gubernatorial race.  

LePage's overall approval rating is also nearly 14 points underwater, with 52% disapproving and just 42% of Mainers approving of the way he's handling his job as Governor.

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"Mike Michaud is the progressive, common sense alternative to the extremist Paul LePage. Governor LePage is so committed to his far right ideology that he's willing to personally sentence 70,000 Mainers to a life without access to healthcare. Democracy for America members in Maine and across the country are looking forward to providing the boots-on-the-ground that will help send Governor LePage packing in November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

POLLING


Survey of 754 Maine voters on May 5-6, 2014

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican Paul LePage is handling his job as Governor?
Approve .......................................................... 42%
Disapprove...................................................... 56%
No opinion....................................................... 2%

Governor Paul LePage has refused to accept federal dollars that would provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, claiming the expansion would be too costly. However, the federal dollars would cover 100% of costs of this expansion in the first three years and 90% of the costs after that. Do you agree with Governor LePage's decision to refuse these federal dollars for healthcare coverage?
Agree ..............................................................  37%
Disagree .........................................................  57%
No opinion.......................................................  6%

Republican Governor Paul LePage refuses to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Representative Mike Michaud would accept those federal dollars and provide the health care coverage. Does this make you more likely to support Governor LePage for reelection, more likely to support Representative Mike Michaud, or does it not make a difference?
Paul LePage ...................................................  36%
Mike Michaud..................................................  51%
Doesn't make a difference ..............................  13%

If the election for Governor were held today, and the choices were Republican Paul LePage, independent Eliot Cutler, and Democrat Mike Michaud, for whom would you vote?
Paul LePage ................................................... 39%
Eliot Cutler ...................................................... 15%
Mike Michaud.................................................. 43%
Undecided....................................................... 3%


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