Steele's favorables slip sharply in Maryland
The past four years haven't helped the way Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele is seen by his fellow Marylanders.
In a new Washington Post poll, 37 percent of the state's registered voters say they have an unfavorable impression of the state's former lieutenant governor, while 33 percent view him favorably. Thirty percent offered no opinion.
That's a sharp contrast to four years ago, when Steele was serving out his final year under former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and stepping out on his own to run an ultimately unsuccessful race for U.S. Senate.
A Post poll in June 2006 found that 51 percent of registered Maryland voters viewed Steele favorably, while only 26 percent had an unfavorable impression. Twenty-three percent had no opinion.
Since then, Steele has emerged as a polarizing force on the national scene, which clearly hasn't helped him at home in Maryland, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1.
Among registered Democrats in Maryland, only 19 percent now view Steele favorably, while 52 percent see him unfavorably and 29 percent have no opinion.
Republicans break far differently, with 63 percent viewing Steele favorably and 9 percent unfavorably, while 28 percent have no opinion.
The numbers among independents largely mirror those of the state as a whole: 33 percent favorable, 36 percent unfavorable and 31 percent with no opinion.
May 12, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
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