Polls

Michael Steele Lacks Support Even in His Home State

| Tom Jensen

Header-poll-resultsMarylanders don’t have high opinions of their former Lieutenant Governor, Michael Steel; 56% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Chairman of the Republican National Committee and a mere 19% give him high marks.

Republicans traditionally are unconditionally supportive of party members, but not in the case of Steel. Only 42% of Republicans said they had a favorable opinion of their party leader. Conservatives aren’t fans either, only 38% reported having a favorable view of Steel.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin is far more popular in the state. 42% of Maryland voters approve of his work in Washington, 28% disapprove and 31% are unsure. Marylanders certainly don’t want Michael Steel to replace Cardin as their representative in the US Senate. In a match up between the Steel and Cardin, voters choose Cardin; 58:28%.

“One of the first rules of politics is to rally your family and community’s support,” said Dean Debnam of President Public Policy Polling. “If Steel has lost the support of Republicans in his own home state, he may have lost his ability to be an affective representative of the Republican Party.”

PPP surveyed 667 American voters from June 9-12.  The survey’s margin of error is 3.9 +/- 3.8%.  Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

If you would like an interview regarding this release, please contact Dean Debnam at (888) 621-6988 or 919-880-4888.

Topline results are below. Full results, including crosstabs, can be found here.

Q1 Do you approve or disapprove of Senator Ben
Cardin’s job performance?
Approve ……………… 42%
Disapprove………….. 28%
Not Sure……………… 31%

Q2 Generally speaking, would you vote to re-elect
Ben Cardin in 2012, or would you vote for his
Republican opponent?
Ben Cardin……………………………………………… 51%
Republican opponent ……………………………….. 33%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 16%

Q3 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Michael Steele?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 19%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 56%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 25%

Q4 If the candidates for US Senate in 2012 were
Democrat Ben Cardin and Republican Michael
Steele, who would you vote for?
Ben Cardin……………………………………………… 58%
Michael Steele ………………………………………… 28%
Undecided………………………………………………. 14%

Q5 Who did you vote for President last year?
John McCain…………………………………………… 36%
Barack Obama………………………………………… 59%
Someone else/Don’t remember …………………. 5%

Q6 Would you describe yourself as a liberal,
moderate, or conservative?
Liberal ……………………………………………………. 24%
Moderate………………………………………………… 45%
Conservative…………………………………………… 32%

Q7 If you are a woman, press 1. If a man, press 2.
Woman ………………………………………………….. 56%
Man……………………………………………………….. 44%

Q8 If you are a Democrat, press 1. If you are a
Republican, press 2. If you are an independent
or identify with another party, press 3.
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 60%
Republican……………………………………………… 28%
Independent/Other…………………………………… 12%

Q9 If you are white, press 1. If African-American,
press 2. If other, press 3.
White …………………………………………………….. 69%
African-American …………………………………….. 25%
Other……………………………………………………… 6%

Q10 If you are 18 to 29 years old, press 1 now. If
you are 30 to 45, press 2. If you are 46 to 65,
press 3. If older, press 4.
18 to 29…………………………………………………… 8%
30 to 45…………………………………………………… 26%
46 to 65…………………………………………………… 41%
Older than 65………………………………………….. 25%

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