Polls in Maryland

The Washington Post conducted a poll in Maryland. In short: It will be very, very blue:

A strong Democratic tide in Maryland threatens to swamp Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s reelection bid and bolsters the party’s efforts to retain control of an important U.S. Senate seat, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley (D) held a 10 percentage point lead over Ehrlich, and Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin had a similar advantage over Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele among likely voters in the Post poll, which was conducted last Sunday through Thursday. The leads were well beyond the survey’s three percentage point margin of error.

The poll of 1,000 voters showed that the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic electorate is highly disturbed about national issues — extremely critical of President Bush, more upset about the war in Iraq than voters in the rest of the country and eager to shift power in Washington from the Republican Party.

Those strong feelings are a heavy weight for Ehrlich and Steele, who four years ago claimed the state’s top offices for the GOP for the first time in nearly 40 years and have tried to foster a Republican resurgence in the state.

Take a look at the entire poll (just scroll down when you arrive at the WaPo).

Author: michaelvdg