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  • The proposal for a new National Park in Maine receives strong support in poll

    A proposal to create a new national park and national recreation area in Maine continues to be overwhelmingly popular among Maine voters. Up to 150,000 acres would be donated to the federal government to create Maine’s second National Park.

    “The park and recreation area would create between 450-1,000 jobs, permanently protect access for outdoor recreation such as snowmobiling and hunting, and include a $40 million endowment to offset costs,” said Lucas St. Clair, the president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the foundation that has proposed creating the park and recreation area. “The latest poll shows again that there is strong support for the national park and recreation area and the economic benefits they would provide to the state and the region.”

    In a poll released last week by Critical Insights, 60 percent of Maine voters said they support creating a new national park and national recreation area while only 20 percent of respondents said they opposed the idea.

    This is the third consecutive public poll showing strong support for a new national park. In June, a poll of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where the national park and recreation area would be located, found that 67 percent of voters across the district approve of the proposal, while just 25 percent oppose.

    And a poll question released by the Natural Resources Council of Maine in April showed similarly strong support, with 59 percent of respondents supporting the proposal and only 20 percent opposed.

    The most recent Critical Insight poll was conducted Sept. 24-30 and included 300 landline and cell phone surveys and 300 online respondents. With a total sample of 600, results presented here have an associated sampling error of +/- 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

    The June poll of 500 likely voters was conducted by Moore Information and pollster Hans Kaiser. Kaiser has extensive experience polling in Maine and his clients include U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

    The poll, which included both landline and cell phone interviews, was conducted May 13-14. It has a margin of error of 4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.

    “The park and recreation area gets wide majority support among a wide cross section of respondents, including Republicans (57 percent support), Democrats (77 percent support) and Independents (68 percent support),” Kaiser wrote in a memo about the poll. “Men and women, voters of all ages, conservatives, moderates and liberals are all supportive of the proposal with large majorities in each group favoring it.”