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Poll Finds Waning Support for TABOR 2
10/26/2009 11:21 AM ET  

The poll, conducted last week by Pan Atlantic SMS, also found strong support for keeping Maine's gay marriage law.

A new poll shows strong support for maintaining the state's new gay marriage law. The poll, conducted last week by Pan Atlantic SMS, also found dwindling support for the tax-and-spending cap initiative known as TABOR 2.

Pan Atlantic's Patrick Murphy says the survey of 400 likely voters found 53 percent opposing Question 1, which would repeal Maine's gay marriage law, while 42 percent favor the measure and six percent remain undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

Murphy says Question 1 is getting a different reaction in Maine's two congressional districts, with voters in the 1st District favoring the measure by a 20 point spread, while voters in the 2nd District remain nearly equally divided. He says among the state's Catholic voters, the measure has a narrow margin of support, 49 to 46 percent.

On the TABOR 2 initiative, which is Question 4 on the ballot, Murphy says support has shrunk dramatically since Pan Atlantic's previous poll, dropping from 53 percent to 42 percent. The latest poll shows 49 percent opposed to the measure and 42 percent in favor. But a sizeable number of voters -- 10 percent -- remain undecided on the issue. The poll results found a wide partisan split on the issue, with Democrats heavily against it and Republicans in favor, Murphy says.

Question 3, which would repeal the state's school consolidation law, is close. While 45 percent are opposed and 39 percent in favor, 16 percent remain undecided.

The poll found strong opposition to a measure that would slash excise taxes in Maine, with 61 percent opposed to the idea and only 29 percent in favor. Eleven percent of voters remain undecided on that issue.

Question 5, which would expand the state's medical marijuana law, is winning voter support, according to the poll. Murphy says 59 percent of voters surveyed are supporting the measure and 32 percent are opposed. Nine percent of voters are undecided on that issue.





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