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Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine and the faculty advisor to the UMaine College Republicans. Fried's views are her own and do not represent those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.

Which presidential candidate is seen most unfavorably? Not Hillary Clinton

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Amidst all the different questions asked about presidential candidates, this last summer the media seemed drawn to the one that asks if a candidate is seen favorably or unfavorably. And there’s been a huge amount of press about Hillary Clinton’s favorables falling, even as she leads in nearly all nomination and general election polls. So […]

Best pollster in Iowa has good news for Trump and Sanders

The Iowa caucuses are four months away and they’re notoriously difficult to poll. And, of course, like in every case, each poll is just a snapshot. Polls can’t predict what will happen, and just show a picture, however blurry, of current conditions. Moreover, no single poll should be taken as the gospel truth. Multiple polls […]

BDN’s “The Point” is wrong about independents

Source: Pew Research Center, "A Deep Dive into Party Affiliation" April 2015

Vic Berardelli’s piece in “The Point” about primaries is right to point out that primary polls and votes could change. However, he’s dead wrong in what he says about independents. Berardelli writes: [Independents] are mostly free thinkers who go back and forth between parties, and they dislike both parties as organizations. So they’re watching all of […]

Despite the hype, actually Hillary Clinton’s campaign is doing just fine

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It’s been odd to see all the claims that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is crashing or that she’s a terrible campaigner. That’s because the evidence just doesn’t back that up. In the nomination fight, she’s far ahead in national polls and behind only in one state, New Hampshire, which happens to be right next to the […]

Crushing college costs make the personal political

All around the country, students are packing up and going off to college. Proud parents are remembering moments like when their kids came home from the hospital, ventured off to kindergarten and attended their first school dance. And while the food bill will go down a lot without that teenager and his or her crew […]

Three key reasons why Trump is actually getting more likely to win nomination

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Donald Trump hasn’t gotten much respect from pundits. They said he wouldn’t run for the nomination, or wouldn’t file the financial disclosure paperwork, or wouldn’t put his money in for staff and campaign offices in Iowa and New Hampshire. Then he did all of that. And they said that his comments about McCain would sink […]

Now that the Court decided, will LePage enforce the laws he didn’t veto?

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Update below The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. LePage lost the chance to veto dozens of bills. If they were emergency legislation, they are indubitably in effect. If they were not, they will go into effect 90 days after adjournment. The governor’s claims were always a manifestly weak case and the court […]

What do people actually think of Planned Parenthood?

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After activists who oppose women being able to choose abortion began to release edited tapes aimed at undermining Planned Parenthood, you might wonder what people think of the group now. Planned Parenthood is seen more positively than negatively Surveys by YouGov, taken over time, show rather stable views toward the group, with small declines in […]

LePage’s veto refusal case a big waste of time and money

If there’s anything a Maine summer teaches, it’s not to waste a day one could be doing something fabulous outdoors. Our winters are long, the mud season is vexing and we have to seize the time. Summer must have been special to Shakespeare, too. One of his sonnets asked a beloved, “Shall I compare thee […]