- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
Democrat support plunges for Ehrlich
Question of the Day
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. remains “overwhelmingly popular” with his Republican base but has lost much support among the state’s Democratic majority, according to a statewide poll released yesterday.
The poll by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies also showed Mr. Ehrlich facing tough challenges by the two leading Democratic candidates for governor. He trailed Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley and was in a statistical tie with Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.
“President Bush’s numbers have suffered in Maryland, and part of what is going on with Ehrlich is what is happening at the national level,” said Patrick Gonzales, president of the nonpartisan polling firm based in Annapolis. “Whenever the national party is having problems, it trickles down.”
Mr. Gonzales said Mr. Ehrlich has ample time to win back Democratic support before the November 2006 election. “He’s the governor, and he has all the power that comes with that,” Mr. Gonzales said.
The poll showed 48 percent of respondents favored Mr. O’Malley and 42 percent Mr. Ehrlich, with 10 percent undecided.
Mr. Duncan received support from 45 percent of respondents, compared with 44 percent for Mr. Ehrlich.
The poll of 815 registered voters was conducted Oct. 17 through Friday and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
The poll also showed Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, leading Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican, 47 percent to 38 percent in the U.S. Senate race, with 15 percent of voters undecided.
Mr. Steele is expected to announce today that he will seek to succeed retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, a Democrat.
Derek Walker, spokesman for the state Democratic Party, said the poll results show that “the Ehrlich-Steele administration is not representing the people of Maryland effectively and that the people of Maryland are ready for a change.”
“For an incumbent governor to be in the low 40s and for an incumbent lieutenant governor to not be breaking 40 percent is a sign that Marylanders are looking in a very different direction,” Mr. Walker said.
Audra Miller, spokeswoman for the Maryland Republican Party, dismissed the findings.
“The governor was elected with the help of many Democrats,” she said. “At the end of the day, the voters will see that Maryland is a cleaner, safer and more prosperous state under the leadership of Governor Ehrlich, and that’s what will matter.”
Among Republicans, 88 percent approve of Mr. Ehrlich’s performance. But dissatisfaction among Democrats, who outnumber Republicans nearly 2-to-1 in Maryland, lowered his overall job-approval rating to 49 percent.
Twenty-six percent of Democrats approved of the job Mr. Ehrlich was doing, according to the poll.
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don't exist
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
- Norway expects imminent 'concrete threat' from ISIL terrorists 'within days'
- Conservative groups decry Democrats' 'war on women' tactic
- Obama says public not familiar enough with issues
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq