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Maine Voters Prefer Marriage Equality 57% To 35%

MainePollA new poll shows that a majority of voters in Maine support marriage equality.

From The Morning Sentinel, via JMG:

Mainers support legalizing same-sex marriage, 57 percent to 35 percent, according to a statewide poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald.

The proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot to allow gay couples to marry in Maine has broad support among most groups of voters. That support is especially strong in southern and coastal Maine and among young adults, women and Democrats, according to the poll.

The 22-point lead is clearly good news for backers of the ballot initiative. But, experts say, the margin of support is certain to be much smaller by Election Day.

These numbers come less than two weeks after equality activists in The Pine Tree State announced they have raised more than $1 million.

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  1. Maine is the most rural state east of the Mississippi, has a high number living at or below the poverty level, many Catholics, and is almost entirely white. There must be some mistake, because as we all know whites, especially poor whites and of course Catholics, are very prone to being racist bigot haters.

    Actually Maine is everything I described above up to the racist bigot hater part, has the lowest proportionate and over-all violent crime rate in America [and many people own firearms] and the people are mostly cool. Go figure.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 11:26:27 AM


  2. @Ratbastard

    Having been to Maine and having worked on the NO On One campaign.

    The rural parts of Maine do seem to be pretty bigoted but if you're talking about metro areas like Portland, Bangor, etc. then no, of course not.

    I will agree with you, though, that Mainers don't come off as racist at all. Hell, if I drove, I would probably move to Maine, to be perfectly honest.

    But as far as racist homobigoted poor whites...well, we do have West Virginia.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 12:00:18 PM


  3. @Ratbastard--nice info. It's always good to turn conventional logic on its head :)

    The problem with this kind of survey is that it doesn't translate to voting behavior. Most of the states with referendums have had a slight majority supporting same sex marriage rights, but then the vote goes for traditional marriage. LGBT folk are small in number and need allies who care, especially young people, to actually go vote. *frustrated*

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 11, 2012 12:07:51 PM


  4. Maine is quintessentially New England in that one of our foundational philosphies is "Mind your own business, and I'll mind mine." People really do not like folks getting up in their business, and in return we don't get up in theirs. As long as you show up for the occasional Town Meeting/school bake sale/pot-luck dinner you can pretty much live as you please.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Jul 11, 2012 12:24:11 PM


  5. Maine is quintessentially New England in that one of our foundational philosphies is "Mind your own business, and I'll mind mine." People really do not like folks getting up in their business, and in return we don't get up in theirs. As long as you show up for the occasional Town Meeting/school bake sale/pot-luck dinner you can pretty much live as you please.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Jul 11, 2012 12:24:14 PM


  6. It was close last time and a lot of progress has been made in those 3 years. Coupled with the fact that this is a Presidential election this time around it will definately pass.

    Posted by: Justin | Jul 11, 2012 12:38:42 PM


  7. @CHITOWN KEV

    Your comment about rural Maine is pretty stupid. Very few people who live in Portland and Bangor are actually from Portland and Bangor. They're mostly migrants from rural towns seeking an education/work.

    Your claim that the rural areas are bigoted is obviously unfounded. Though in 2009 gay marriage was repealed, if you'd take even a cursory look at the Yes on 1 ads (the anti-gay marriage side), they were VERY tame, especially compared to other parts of the country. The repeal had more to do with the fact that the state is old and Catholic, not bigotry.

    Posted by: Justin | Jul 11, 2012 12:41:56 PM


  8. @Justin,

    Old and Catholic. I guess we can blame the French-Canadians for that. Know what I'm saying?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 1:11:02 PM


  9. The polls showed support in California--until the election which is the only poll that counts. Hopefully this seeming good news will not work against equality by firing up the right and causing pro-equality folks to lose their momentum.

    Posted by: dms | Jul 11, 2012 2:12:42 PM


  10. It will be close in Maine. Mainers tend to be more 'people-oriented', than 'cause-oriented', and so what gives the lead to the pro-marriage forces at this time is that Mainers really do care about each other. That being said, this can still be lost.

    One argument that will carry some weight with undecided voters is that Maine is definitely losing out economically because it lacks same-sex marriage. Right next door, liberal Massachusetts and Vermont, and libertarian (and heavily Republican) New Hampshire, all have same-sex marriage. Yet in many respects, Maine is a more enjoyable destination point for same-sex weddings and/or honeymoons because it has the coast, the mountains, the cities (well, Portland), and the charm. As more Mainers recognize that they are at an economic disadvantage compared to their immediate neighboring states, this will also affect the vote.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Jul 11, 2012 3:44:10 PM


  11. As a gay couple, celebrating 30 years of our partnership have found most Mainers just shrug over this controversy. "Not their business" is a common theme here in this magnificent state...Maine is not a wealthy state but a friendly and honest one.We moved here for many reasons...the foremost being the "friendly" part! If we get equality of marriage in November, great, if not,there is always "next time" and we have absolutely no intention of living anywhere else. End of story.

    Posted by: thom | Jul 11, 2012 7:55:57 PM


  12. This is very good news because this poll used the ballot wording which many believed would hurt our side, and yet support is still as high as it is!

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 11, 2012 9:06:56 PM


  13. Why did they elect their a88hole governor? Really, WHY?

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 12, 2012 12:37:07 AM


  14. Really, WHY??????????????????????????????????

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 12, 2012 3:16:37 AM


  15. @Andrew

    It was a split vote. There was a liberal Democrat and a liberal independent running. LePage won with something like 33% of the vote.

    Posted by: Justin | Jul 12, 2012 11:18:41 AM


  16. Mainers support legalizing same-sex marriage, 57 percent to 35 percent, according to a statewide poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald.

    Posted by: Sookman | Nov 19, 2012 5:44:27 AM


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