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Obama popular, but not big factor in governor's race

OmalleyObama.jpgPresident Obama remains relatively popular in heavily Democratic Maryland, but most voters say he will not factor into their vote in next week's governor's race, a new Washington Post poll has found.

Among likely voters in Maryland, 59 percent say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 40 percent disapprove and 2 percent have no opinion.

There are strong feelings on both sides. The 59 percent who approve includes 39 percent who say they "strongly approve." The 40 percent who disapprove includes 31 percent who say they "strongly disapprove."

Still, a full 70 percent say that Obama will not be a factor in how they vote in next week's election between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

Eighteen percent say expressing support for Obama will be one reason for their vote for governor. Eleven percent say expressing opposition to Obama is among their reasons.

In a Post poll four years ago, 5 percent said expressing support for then-President George W. Bush was one reason in their gubernatorial vote. Nineteen percent said expressing opposition to Bush was a reason. The remaining 75 percent said Bush wasn't a factor either way.

For the new Post poll, conducted Oct. 19 to 22, 2,355 randomly selected adults in Maryland were interviewed, including 1,962 registered voters and 1,434 voters likely to cast ballots. Results among likely voters have a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

By John Wagner  | October 25, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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