This is not even news at this point:

The poll, conducted by Portland-based Critical Insights, finds that 54 percent of those surveyed say they disapproved of how LePage, a Republican, is handling the job less than five months into his tenure. Thirty-one percent said they approved of LePage’s job performance. Fifteen percent were undecided. […]

The poll also asked whether respondents would vote differently if they could vote again in the gubernatorial election. Seventy percent said they would vote for the same person. About 25 percent said they would vote for someone different.

Of those who said they would vote for someone else, 45 percent said they would vote for independent Eliot Cutler, 15 percent said they would vote for Democrat Libby Mitchell and 4 percent said they would vote for LePage. Twenty-four percent said they were unsure and 5 percent declined to answer.

John Avlon from The Daily Beast has more analysis of the larger phenomenon:

In New York, newly elected Governor Andrew Cuomo closed a $10 billion budget deficit without new taxes or new debt. Instead, he cut spending and gained concessions from public sector unions. His approval ratings actually went up—reaching a sky-high 73 percent. This Democrat was rewarded politically by implementing some fiscally conservative ideas. But he did it by building bridges instead of burning them—and that can make all the difference.

The larger issue is one of trust. Swing voters supported Republicans in 2010 because they wanted a check and balance against unified Democratic control of Washington. They wanted to rein in unsustainable spending in the name of generational responsibility. They took Republicans at their word that social conservative evangelizing would be ‘de-emphasized’ in favor of more urgent economic concerns.But the conservative activist crowd couldn’t help themselves. Like liberals did after 2008, they misinterpreted their election victory as an ideological mandate. And so the pendulum swings again, as the cycle of over-reach and backlash accelerates. Extremes are always ultimately their own sides worst enemy—in this case, making it more difficult for Republicans to win swing votes in these pivotal swing states come 2012.

I bristle a little bit at the “both sides did it” saw, seriously, this is reaching parody by this point. The Democrats ran an election to a large extent based on the policies they implemented, and Walker and the like did not. But the larger point remains.

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