O'Malley leads Ehrlich by 6 points in new poll
A new poll released Tuesday morning has Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) up by 6 percentage points over his leading Republican challenger, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
In the Center Maryland/OpinionWorks poll of likely voters, O'Malley leads Ehrlich 47 percent to 41 percent.
That is a somewhat larger margin than in other recent polls. O'Malley had a 3 percentage point lead in a poll released late last month by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies. A Rasmussen Reports poll last week declared the race a dead heat, with O'Malley leading by 1 percentage point.
The Center Maryland/OpinionWorks poll also found that 49 percent approve of the job O'Malley is doing as governor while 39 percent disapprove. Asked whether things in Maryland are headed in the "right direction" or "off on the wrong track," 40 percent said right direction while 42 percent said wrong track.
"These are not great numbers for Governor O'Malley considering the partisan tilt of the state, but on balance, he is still up," said Steve Raabe, president of Annapolis-based OpinionWorks, which conducted the poll with the nonprofit Center Maryland. "Dissatisfaction with O'Malley is not that intense. Particularly in these economic times, you would expect it to be worse."
The telephone poll of 600 likely voters was conducted Aug. 13 to Aug. 18 and was said to have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
August 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
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