Public Policy Polling's poll of Maine is up.
Main: In November of 2012, Mane legalized same-sex marriage 53-47%. So, same-sex marriage is legal there, now. Often times, opponents of same-sex will talk about the negative impact of it on their own marriage. Well, Public Policy Polling decided to ask about that. 78% of those polled said that it either has no impact or a positive impact on their life. Most of it is coming from the "no impact" category (61%). Typically, those who support gay marriage ask the question, how does it affect your life? The answer, at least, in Maine is, mainly, it doesn't. 22% of those polled said it has a negative impact. Despite these numbers of no impact, positive impact, and negative impact, 53% said same-sex marriage should be allowed with 43% saying it shouldn't be allowed. Is it time for a new argument against same-sex marriage?
Quick hits (overall): The NRA's approval rating in Maine (42/47). 49% of respondents support Barack Obama's executive actions on guns. 49% trust Barack Obama on guns more than the NRA. I think that's a bit surprising, but whatever. Angus King's first approval ratings are in (44/25). 55% support banning assault weapons. 26% of respondents support impeaching President Barack Obama.
Quick hits (party cross-tabs): 76% of Democrats say same-sex marriage should be allowed. Whle 75% of Republicans say it shouldn't be. 54% of those who are independent say it should be. How does it impact you? Well, 28% of Democrats say it's a positive impact and 63% say it has no impact. 40% of Republicans say it has a negative impact but 57% say it has no impact. 61% of Independents say it has no impact. 79% of Democrats support banning assault weapons and 64% of Republicans oppose it. The NRA's favorability is strictly along party lines 72% of Republicans have a favorable opinion while 72% of Democrats have an unfavorable view. 50% of Maine Republicans support impeaching Obama. Surprisingly, 7% of Maine Democrats do.
Implications: Same-sex marriage arguments that center around if they impact you are going to be won by those who support same-sex marriage, assuming you're using facts. Public Policy Polling thinks that Susan Collins, who is fairly moderate, might be in trouble before the 2014 election facing a primary challenge by someone who is more to the right. The data suggests that Republicans in Maine are turning more to the Right. This might be a challenge for Collins. Especially, if she passes any bills about guns while she stays in the Senate.