Poll: Blaine House contenders remain unknown

Posted May 13, 2010, at 2:41 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s primaries are less than a month away, but many Mainers still don’t know who’s running for governor, according to survey results released Thursday.

Today’s Poll

Can you name three or more
gubernatorial candidates?

Yes

No

Portland market research firm Critical Insights asked 600 people if they could name any of the gubernatorial candidates in the June 8 primary.

Among Republican candidates, Les Otten was named by 30 percent of those polled and Peter Mills by 16 percent. Among Democrats, Libby Mitchell was named by 16 percent and Steve Rowe 11 percent.

It was single digits for the rest: Democrats Pat McGowan (9 percent) and Rosa Scarcelli (7 percent) and Republicans Steve Abbott (8 percent), Bruce Poliquin (8 percent), Paul LePage (7 percent), Matt Jacobson (3 percent) and Bill Beardsley (2 percent).

Forty-two percent couldn’t name any candidate.

“It tells us there’s a wide open field, that there’s not necessarily any candidate who’s favored for the primary in either the Democratic or Republican races,” said MaryEllen FitzGerald, president of Critical Insights.

The poll surveyed 600 likely primary voters between April 28 and May 7 before the Republican Convention. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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