Breaking Down The Votes in Maine

Question 1 Snapshot

Awful lot of green, isn’t it?

Here’s a link to the actual breakdown photo– but let me explain quickly:

Red- solid ‘no’

Pink- majority ‘no’

black- tie

white- no data (yeah, we have alot of places with no folks whatsoever)

Lt Green- majority ‘yes’

Green- solid yes

So, pretty much everything north and east of the I-95 corridor went to the Schubert-Flint/NOM/Catholic Diocese side.

Opinions may differ on particular strategies. But the unofficial results show that, as with many other cultural issues, whether Mainers voted for or against same-sex marriage largely depended on where they call home.

Rural Maine voted heavily to overturn Maine’s law allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed.

In the most extreme example, 73 percent of the nearly 27,000 Aroostook County voters who cast ballots voted “yes” on Question 1. Roughly two-thirds of voters in Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington counties also favored repeal.

The opposite was true in many of Maine’s more populated areas.

In Cumberland County, 60 percent of voters opposed the repeal and in Portland, Maine’s largest city, that figure swelled to 73.5 percent. Roughly 54 percent of voters in Bangor and Scarborough cast votes against the repeal of the same-sex marriage law.

Gay marriage also had strong support in college towns, picking up 73 percent of voters in Orono and 63 percent in Brunswick.

One notable exception to the rural-urban divide was in the heavily Roman Catholic and Franco-American neighborhoods of Lewiston and Auburn, where 59 percent and 54 percent of voters, respectively, favored the repeal.


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