New poll on Maine casino indicates dead heat

Posted Oct. 27, 2008, at 3:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A new poll commissioned by the company that wants to build a resort casino in Oxford finds that likely voters are narrowly divided on the project in what amounts to a statistical dead heat.

The survey by the market research firm Critical Insights, which was commissioned by casino developer Olympia Gaming, shows 47 percent in favor of the plan, 46 percent opposed and 7 percent undecided.

The telephone poll of 300 people statewide was conducted Oct. 14-15 and claims a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent.

The results contrast with a Strategic Marketing Services poll taken Oct. 13-16 that showed 39.5 percent for or leaning in favor of the casino, 52 opposed or leaning no, and 8.5 percent undecided. That poll of 400 people took place Oct. 13-16 and claims a margin of error of 5 percent.

The issue appears as Question 2 on the Nov. 4 state referendum ballot.

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