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Maine Poll: Jobs are the Top Issue
12/10/2013 05:16 PM ET  

That's according to an SMS Pan Atlantic Omnibus telephone poll of 400 likely Maine voters released today.

Jobs and unemployment are far and away the most pressing issues for Mainers. That's according to an SMS Pan Atlantic Omnibus telephone poll of 400 likely Maine voters released today.

SMS President Patrick Murphy says the survey also indicates that more than half of Mainers queried expect their household economic situation will stay stangant in 2014.

"The majority of people, 53 percent, said 'about the same,' 24 percent said 'worse,' 21 percent said it 'would improve,'" Murphy says. "So I think it overall indicates a low to reasonable level of optimism - certainly better than we have been through in the last four or five years."

The survey gives a slight edge to Democrat Mike Michaud over Republican Paul LePage in the race for governor. Michaud polled at 37 percent over LePage's 36 percent - within the margin of error. Independent Eliot Cutler comes in at 18 percent, while 8 percent remain undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

View the entire SMS Pan Atlantic Omnibus poll.

This story was reported and written by Ed Morin.


 

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