PPP: Maine GOP supports impeaching Obama, Mainers call LePage ’embarrassment’

Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning polling firm based in Raleigh, N.C., is conducting a poll in Maine this weekend. PPP has said its poll will focus on the 2014 gubernatorial and U.S. senate elections. While the real story will come out when the poll results are released, likely some time next week, the agency did release some initial observations on Twitter.

Among those early findings:

It is the first national poll since Rep. Mike Michaud officially announced his candidacy for governor, and the first poll since Gov. Paul LePage made national headlines after reports surfaced that the governor had told GOP donors that President Barack Obama dislikes white people. LePage has denied the comments, and on Friday apologized to Republicans for the difficulty his comments caused them, but did not clarify his statement.

PPP conducts its polls over telephone with the same “Interactive Voice Recognition” software used by Rasmussen and Survey USA, and often calls only likely or registered voters. According to the Washington Post, PPP correctly predicted the 2012 presidential election in all 19 swing states. Fordham University named the agency the most accurate pollster in 2012.

When asked for comment, LePage political adviser Brent Littlefield referred to a recent tweet of his own, in which he trivialized PPP’s polls as “catnip for media”:

It’s worth pointing out that Littlefield has repeatedly told reporters for this and other media outlets that he will never release the data gathered in his own internal polls, and he says those internal numbers have recently shown LePage with an approval rating above 50 percent, though that was before the alleged Obama comments.

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House. Mario left the BDN in 2015.