Proposal builds bridges across party lines in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

By Ramona du Houx

A new poll recently revealed support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal across the political spectrum in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. The district, represented by Rep. Jared Golden, includes all of the northern part of the state, comprising nearly 80 percent of the state’s total land mass. The survey, sponsored by Environment Maine, Earthjustice and Environment America, provides district-specific data on how voters view the American Jobs Plan (AJP).

The poll found that overall, voters support the bill by a 61 percent to 35 percent margin. Sixty-two percent of the all-important Independent voters polled approve of the plan.

Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said Congress should pass the bill if a bipartisan majority of the U.S. public supports it, even if Congress does not reflect that bipartisanship.

Over 69 percent of these Maine voters support addressing the challenge of climate change by shifting to greater use of clean energy, reducing carbon pollution from vehicles and industry, and making homes and buildings more energy efficient.

On multiple measures, voters in the district clearly signal that components of the AJP that focus specifically on climate change and clean energy are a significant selling point.

When given the information that the plan includes a major emphasis on investments to expand the use of clean energy, such as wind and solar power, to tackle the climate crisis and create jobs, 59 percent of voters in the 2nd District firmly say that this approach makes them more likely to support the AJP.

“Maine has been hit hard by the climate crisis and the societal devastation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Anya Fetcher, Environment Maine State Director. “We must think big and act boldly to protect our treasured environment and protect the health of Mainers. Thankfully, the American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in what matters and tackle the climate crisis, and this data demonstrates that Mainers support President Biden’s plan to build back better.”

Among the specific provisions designed to address the climate crisis:

  • 84 percent of voters in the 2nd District support investments to rebuild roads and bridges and modernize public transportation to ensure it is cleaner and able to serve more people.
  • 82 percent of voters support upgrading water infrastructure so all Americans have access to safe, clean drinking water. 
  • 81 percent of voters support funding for research and development of sustainable agriculture to protect Maine’s coastlines and fisheries.
  • 69 percent of voters support addressing the challenge of climate change by shifting to greater use of clean energy, reducing carbon pollution from vehicles and industry, and making homes and buildings more energy efficient.
  • 67 percent of voters support investments in clean energy such as wind and solar power by extending tax credits to spur innovation and manufacturing.

Complete survey findings

The survey was conducted via live telephone conversations between May 3 and May 6 by Hart Research Associates for Environment America and Earthjustice, in cooperation with the League of Conservation Voters. A memorandum outlining the full results of the survey can be viewed here.