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Steele's favorables slip sharply in Maryland

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Steele.jpgThe 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.

-- John Wagner and Jennifer Agiesta

By John Wagner  |  May 12, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
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Maybe his mentor Bob Ehrlich can help rehabilitate his image.

Posted by: hamsandwich | May 12, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course it has.

He allowed himself to be made a fool of by dueling with non-Politician radio talking heads as though they were his peers, then he was used as an attack dog by his Party, then promptly marginalized and sabotaged by the same. Then his own mouth got him in trouble too...

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 13, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

OMG can you imagine if he had won the Senate seat? This man is an idiot with a voice.

Posted by: smirkman | May 13, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans chose the wrong man at the wrong time as if every black man offsets any other one. So the put up Steele as their offset to Obama and nobody would be able to see the difference. Wrong. One is a bright leader. The other is saying the words they put in his mouth and then expects us to believe him. If he had any self respect he would have resigned long ago rather than have his words as Fox sound bites. Lena Horne was a proud black woman who stood by her convistions and was respected by both the black and white communities. Steele is just an actor with a losing script.

Posted by: msjn1 | May 13, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Sideshow Steele is on his way out. Perhaps the NAACP can pick him up on their payroll.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | May 13, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

i'm surprized his poll ratings aren't even worse then they are. him and erhlich did a crappy job for maryland and left the state in a big financial mess when finally voted out of office.
The RNC can keep him and hopefully they'll take erhlich off our hands too.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 13, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, the Ultimate Uncle Tom.

Posted by: Special_One40 | May 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow.. this is "news"...

More breaking news: "The sky is blue" ... *eye roll*

Posted by: DCtoBalto | May 13, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hip Hop Mike has been too busy in the hood selling his rethoric to Generation sex, money and drugs.

Meanwhile, back on the home front Hip Hop Mike and trusty sidekick aka (sister) are planning on ways to rob Mike Tyson for more money needed to sustain Hip Hop Mike lifestyle. Put some Dzzzzzzz on dat B####

Posted by: blkisin | May 13, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Who could have ever seen this coming?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 13, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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