Rasmussen poll finds LePage and Michaud within a percentage point of each other

The results of a Rasmussen Reports poll on Maine’s gubernatorial race released Friday show incumbent Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic nominee Mike Michaud within a point of each other and well within the poll’s 3-percent margin of error.

The numbers: LePage, 41 percent support; Michaud, 40 percent and independent Eliot Cutler, 16 percent. The poll surveyed 930 likely voters in Maine between October 7 and 9. The poll gives LePage a slightly better result than a Rasmussen survey in September that showed the governor 4 points behind Michaud.

The poll comes on the heels of a flurry of poll data released Thursday that offered varying summaries of the status of the race, namely two polls that showed basically the same dynamic Friday’s Rasmussen poll and one that showed LePage with a wider lead than he’s enjoyed at any point in the campaign.

The value of the Rasmussen poll? Not much on its own, but when compared with the rest of the data it shows that virtually nothing has changed: The governor’s race is still between the two major-party candidates with Cutler mired in distant third.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.