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MSNBC - McClatchy Maryland Poll

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This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from September 22 through September 26, 2006. A total of 625 registered Maryland voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or regional grouping.

Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of ________?

If the 2006 election for Governor were held today, would you vote for:

GOVERNOR VOTE

O'MALLEY 47%

EHRLICH 43%

OTHER 1%

UNDECIDED 9%

If the 2006 election for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat were held today, would you vote for:

CARDIN 47%

STEELE 41%

ZEESE 1%

UNDECIDED 12%

Will your vote for U.S. Senate mainly be:

FOR CANDIDATE 82%

AGAINST OPPONENT 11%

NOT SURE 7%

Do you approve or disapprove of George W. Bush’s overall job performance as President? (Is that, strongly approve/disapprove or somewhat approve/disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 16%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 20% (36%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 14%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 49% (63%)

NOT SURE 2%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? (Is that, strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 1%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 19% (20%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 27%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 45% (72%)

NOT SURE 8%

Which ONE of the following issues will be MOST important in determining your vote for U.S. Senate this year:

IRAQ 25%

HEALTH CARE 15%

TERRORISM/SECURITY 14%

ECONOMY/JOBS 13%

IMMIGRATION 9%

TAXES/GOVT SPNDG 9%

MORAL/FAMILY 6%

9 = OTHER/DK 6%

GAS PRICE/ENERGY 3%

Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are heading in the right direction, or are they are off on the wrong track?

RIGHT DIRECTION 25%

WRONG TRACK 63%

NOT SURE 12%

Do you approve or disapprove of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq? (Is that strongly approve/disapprove or somewhat approve/disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 12%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 19% (31%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 13%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 55% (68%)

NOT SURE 2%

What should the U.S. do in Iraq:

SEND MORE 11%

KEEP SAME 23%

WITHDRAW SOME 21%

WITHDRAW ALL 27%

NOT SURE 18%

How worried are you about the direction of the nation’s economy in the next few years? Are you:

VERY WORRIED 29%

SOMEWHAT WORRIED 41% 70%

NOT TOO WORRIED 21%

NOT WORRIED 9% 30%

NOT SURE 1%

How worried are you that there will be another major terrorist attack in the U.S.? Are you:

VERY WORRIED 25%

SOMEWHAT WORRIED 49% 74%

NOT TOO WORRIED 15%

NOT WORRIED 11% 26%

NOT SURE 0%

Should illegal immigrants working in the United States be:

CHANCE TO STAY 60%

DEPORTED 32%

NOT SURE 8%

In general, which is better for the country?

SAME PARTY 45%

DIVIDED 38%

NOT SURE 18%

Demographics:

What is your current official party voter registration? Are you registered to vote as a:

DEMOCRAT 55%

REPUBLICAN 32%

INDEPENDENT 13%

Would you describe your personal political views as very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative or very conservative?

VERY LIBERAL 7%

SOMEWHAT LIBERAL 19%

MODERATE 44%

SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE 21%

VERY CONSERVATIVE 8%

DK/REF 1%

What is your age?

18-34 14%

35-49 33%

50-64 32%

65+ 21%

REFUSED 0%

Which of the following best describes your race or ethnicity?

WHITE 74%

BLACK 23%

HISPANIC 2%

OTHER 1%

REFUSED 0%

SEX:

MALE 50%

FEMALE 50%

REGION:

EASTRONGLY SHRE/SO MD 12%

BALTIMORE COUNTY 15%

BALTIMORE CITY 8%

CENTRAL MD 23%

PRINCE GEORGES CO 14%

MONTGOMERY CO 18%

WESTERN MD 10%

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