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(NEWS CENTER) -- A recent poll by Public Policy Polling in Maine shows a rising lead for Democrat Mike Michaud, Republican Gov. Paul LePage stabilizing, and independent Eliot Cutler fading. The poll, conducted April 1 and 2, surveyed 583 people and has a margin of error of 4.1%.

Ethan Strimling and Meredith Strang Burgess discussed the numbers on NEWS CENTER. Strimling said he thought the numbers were accurate and the margin was correst.

Strang Burgess said the numbers were coming from a bias perspective.

Both the Michaud and LePage campaign said the poll was skewed because the percentage of Democrats participating in the poll is larger than actually registered in Maine. However, Strimling pointed out that it isn't who is registered, but who actually votes. HE said the numbers were pretty accurate to the last election.

Strang Burgess said LePage's numbers have been very consistent and he needs to appeal to the moderate Republican base and Independents.

Democrats needs to keep decreasing Cutler's numbers said Strimling.

Here are the poll results:

Maine Survey Results

QUESTION 1

Do you plan to vote in the upcoming general election in November?

100%

Definitely plan to vote

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0%

Don't plan to

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0%

Not sure

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QUESTION 2

If the election for Governor were held today, would you vote for Mike Michaud, Paul LePage or Eliot Cutler?

44%

Mike Michaud

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37%

Paul LePage

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14%

Eliot Cutler

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5%

Not sure

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QUESTION 3

Maine is eligible to receive new federal funding to pay for health care through the Medicaid program. Do you think the Maine state government should accept this federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage, or not?

57%

Think it should

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35%

Think it should not

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8%

Not sure

....................................................

QUESTION 4

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed accepting federal funding to expand Medicaid in Maine. Does that make you more or less likely to vote for him, or does it not make a difference?

30%

More likely

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45%

Less likely

....................................................

23%

Doesn't make a difference

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2%

Not sure

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QUESTION 5

Mike Michaud, candidate for Governor, supports accepting federal funding to expand Medicaid in Maine. Does that make you more or less likely to vote for him, or does it not make a difference?

39%

More likely

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33%

Less likely

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26%

Doesn't make a difference

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2%

Not sure

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QUESTION 6

If you are a woman, press 1. If a man, press 2.

53%

Woman

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47%

Man

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QUESTION 7

If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a Republican, press 2. If you are an independent or identify with another party, press 3.

40%

Democrat

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32%

Republican

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28%

Independent / Other

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QUESTION 8

If you are 18 to 29 years old, press 1. If 30 to 45, press 2. If 46 to 65, press 3. If you are 65 or older, press 4.

6%

18 to 29

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27%

30 to 45

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45%

46 to 65

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22%

Older than 65

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