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  1. Michael says

    You know, fat people scarfing down sugar wafers on the subway makes me extremely uncomfortable but I don’t see me getting to vote on their civil rights because of it.

  2. Javier says

    The polls released today show a decline in support for gay marriage, at least when compared to a June survey conducted for MaineToday Media.

    By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com State House Bureau

    Two polls released Thursday show a majority of Mainers support same-sex marriage, but they also indicate the margin is shrinking.

    Thursday afternoon, Public Policy Polling released results that show 52 percent in support, 44 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. Thursday morning, the Maine People’s Resource Center showed 53 percent support, 43 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided.

    “Our experience in polling gay marriage is that if people say they’re undecided it usually means they’re opposed to it,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “Despite the 8-point lead for passage this should be seen as a very close race.”

    PPP, which is out of North Carolina, surveyed 804 likely Maine voters Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. The margin for error is 3.5 percent.

    The Maine People’s Resource Center, which is affiliated with the liberal advocacy group the Maine People’s Alliance, conducted its poll Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. The margin of error for the 856-person sample is 3.35 percent.

    The polls released Thursday show a decline in support for gay marriage, at least when compared to a June survey paid for by MaineToday Media.

    That poll showed 57 percent support for the ballot measure, with 35 percent opposing and 8 percent undecided.

    Mainers will go to the polls Nov. 6 to decide for the second time in three years if they support gay marriage. In 2009, voters rejected gay marriage at the polls 53-47 percent. Since then, gay advocates have traveled the state to talk to Mainers in hopes of changing minds on the issue. Earlier this year, they submitted a citizens initiative to ask voters to decide the issue.

    Maine is one of four states voting on gay marriage this year. Maryland and Washington state voters will decide whether to uphold laws passed by their legislatures, and Minnesota voters will decide whether to support a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

    So far this campaign season, gay marriage supporters have aired two television commercials, and opponents have yet to go up on the airwaves. Opponents have purchased air time for October, according to local television stations.

    Internal polling used in a fundraising appeal by gay-marriage opponents on Wednesday indicated an even tighter race. Protect Marriage Maine is distributing poll numbers that show 48 percent support for gay marriage, 44 percent opposed with 8 percent undecided.

    Louisiana-based pollster JMC Analytics and Polling used an automated poll with a sample size of 615 and a margin of error of 4 percent. The survey was conducted Sept. 17 and 18.

  3. Javier says

    The polls released today show a decline in support for gay marriage, at least when compared to a June survey conducted for MaineToday Media.

    By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com State House Bureau

    Two polls released Thursday show a majority of Mainers support same-sex marriage, but they also indicate the margin is shrinking.

    Thursday afternoon, Public Policy Polling released results that show 52 percent in support, 44 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. Thursday morning, the Maine People’s Resource Center showed 53 percent support, 43 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided.

    “Our experience in polling gay marriage is that if people say they’re undecided it usually means they’re opposed to it,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “Despite the 8-point lead for passage this should be seen as a very close race.”

    PPP, which is out of North Carolina, surveyed 804 likely Maine voters Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. The margin for error is 3.5 percent.

    The Maine People’s Resource Center, which is affiliated with the liberal advocacy group the Maine People’s Alliance, conducted its poll Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. The margin of error for the 856-person sample is 3.35 percent.

    The polls released Thursday show a decline in support for gay marriage, at least when compared to a June survey paid for by MaineToday Media.

    That poll showed 57 percent support for the ballot measure, with 35 percent opposing and 8 percent undecided.

    Mainers will go to the polls Nov. 6 to decide for the second time in three years if they support gay marriage. In 2009, voters rejected gay marriage at the polls 53-47 percent. Since then, gay advocates have traveled the state to talk to Mainers in hopes of changing minds on the issue. Earlier this year, they submitted a citizens initiative to ask voters to decide the issue.

    Maine is one of four states voting on gay marriage this year. Maryland and Washington state voters will decide whether to uphold laws passed by their legislatures, and Minnesota voters will decide whether to support a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

    So far this campaign season, gay marriage supporters have aired two television commercials, and opponents have yet to go up on the airwaves. Opponents have purchased air time for October, according to local television stations.

    Internal polling used in a fundraising appeal by gay-marriage opponents on Wednesday indicated an even tighter race. Protect Marriage Maine is distributing poll numbers that show 48 percent support for gay marriage, 44 percent opposed with 8 percent undecided.

    Louisiana-based pollster JMC Analytics and Polling used an automated poll with a sample size of 615 and a margin of error of 4 percent. The survey was conducted Sept. 17 and 18.

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