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Poll: Mainers More Concerned With Pocketbooks Than Politics

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland polling firm Critical Insights has released its spring 2015 survey of Mainers, and company President MaryEllen Fitzgerald says it's clear the poll respondents were more concerned about pocketbook issues, not politics.

"One of the things that you know that is apparent is that the economy and economic concerns are still paramount," Fitzgerald says. "That's really what Mainers are the most concerned about."

The economy was the top concern of a quarter of the poll respondents: 21 percent cited unemployment as their biggest concern.

Gov. Paul LePage's approval rating remains at 41 percent, and the poll showed far less interest among Mainers in the 2016 presidential election than polls are showing nationally.

The telephone poll of 601 Mainers was conducted during the last week in March.