Vermont Dems Have an Organizational Edge


Vermont Democratic Party chairwoman Dottie Deans the Curtis Awards Dinner in June

All things being equal, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott would cruise to victory if November’s election were held today. Or, at least, if it was held two weeks ago, when the Castleton Polling Institute wrapped up this fall’s most scientific survey of Vermont voters.

The poll, commissioned by WCAX-TV, showed that Shumlin’s approval ratings have softened considerably in the past two years. Nearly as many respondents disapprove of the gov’s job performance (41 percent) as approve of it (45 percent) — a difference just outside the poll’s 3.8 percent margin of error. Read More