Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #9676

Geography Surveyed: Maine
Data Collected: 07/08/2006 - 07/10/2006
Release Date: 07/11/2006 11:35 AM ET
Sponsor: WCSH-TV Portland

Governor's Race a Tight Fight: In an election for Governor in Maine today, 7/11/06, Republican challenger Chandler Woodcock and Democrat incumbent John Baldacci are neck-and-neck, according to an exclusive SurveyUSA poll conducted for WCSH-TV Portland. Woodcock gets 43% to 41% for Baldacci. 2% would vote for some other candidate. 14% are undecided. Woodcock leads by 19 points among men and trails by 14 points among women, a 33-point "gender gap". Woodcock gets 79% of Republican votes. Baldacci gets 72% of Democrat votes. Woodcock leads 8:1 among those who approve of President Bush's job performance. Baldacci leads 3:1 among those who disapprove of Bush's performance. The election is in 17 weeks, on 11/7/06.

Taxpayer Bill Of Rights Wins: In a referendum today, Maine voters approve the Taxpayer Bill of Rights by 71% to 25%, according to an exclusive SurveyUSA poll conducted for WCSH-TV Portland. The bill would limit increases in state and local government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth, and require voter approval for all tax and fee increases. Republicans support the bill by 70 points; Democrats by 21 points; Independents by 41 points. Opposition is strongest among seniors, liberals, and the most educated voters. The referendum will be on the 11/7/06 general election ballot.

Filtering: 900 Maine adults were interviewed 7/8/06 - 7/10/06. Of them, 786 were registered voters. Of them, 628 were judged to be "likely voters" for the Governor's contest. 619 were judged to be "likely voters" for the referendum. Crosstabs reflect likely voters.

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  Asked of 628 Likely Voters
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

If the election for Governor were today, and you were standing in the voting booth right now, who would you vote for? Republican Chandler Woodcock? Democrat John Baldacci? Or some other candidate?

43% Woodcock (R)
41% Baldacci (D)
2% Other
14% Undecided

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  Asked of 619 Likely Voters
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.6%

Also on the ballot will be a citizen initiative, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Voters will decide the following question: "Do you want to limit increases in state and local government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth and to require voter approval for all tax and fee increases?" If the election were today, and you were standing in the voting booth right now, would you vote Yes? or No? On the Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

71% Yes
25% No
4% Undecided

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