Poll: Susan Collins Ties With Top Democratic Challenger In Hypothetical Match-Up
Republican Senator Susan Collins virtually tied her top Democratic challenger in a recent Colby College poll of Maine voters, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The survey of more than 1,000 people, conducted just days after Collins voted to acquit President Donald Trump, asked whether respondents supported the Republican senator or her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon.
“Gideon led narrowly with 43 percent support, compared to 42 percent for Collins, with 14 percent undecided,” the Press Herald reported.
Dan Shea, Colby College professor of government and lead researcher on the poll, said Collins’ lack of support among women is noteworthy.
“One of the most surprising findings is how poorly Senator Collins is doing with women,”Shea said. “She had a 42 percent approval rating overall but that drops to 36 percent for women. Further yet, it drops to 25 percent for women under 50.”
He added that this effect is likely leftover from Collins support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But it is the bloc of independent voters that could spell particular trouble for Collins, Shea said. Independents represent the largest group of voters in Maine and have been crucial to the senator’s previous electoral wins, but the latest polling showed just 38 percent supporting the Republican lawmaker.
Still, he cautioned that there are still nine months until the election, and that is a long way to go.
“Senator Collins is an excellent campaigner and she has a very strong track record of bringing federal dollars back to the state,” he said. “That’s going to matter.”