Maryland Election Exit Poll

Maryland Votes 2006

November 08, 2006

Q: Which of these best describes your vote today for U.S. Senate?

I strongly favor my candidate ............................. 61%

I like my candidate but with reservations ............28%

I dislike the other candidate ..................................9%

Q: In your vote for U.S. senator, how important was the issue of terrorism?

Extremely important .............................................31%

Very important ......................................................32%

Somewhat important ............................................ 24%

Not at all important ...............................................12%

Q: In your vote for U.S. senator, how important was the economy?

Extremely important ............................................. 34%

Very important ......................................................44%

Somewhat important ............................................18%

Not at all important ................................................4%

Q: In your vote for U.S. senator, how important was the issue of illegal immigration?

Extremely important ............................................ 25%

Very important .................................................... 29%

Somewhat important .......................................... 30%

Not at all important ............................................ 14%

Q: Was one reason for your vote for U.S. Senate today:

To express support for George W. Bush ............ 14%

To express opposition to George W. Bush ......... 38%

George W. Bush was not a factor ...................... 46%

Q: When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the U.S. Senate election:

Today/within last three days ............................... 14%

Within the last week or earlier. ............................86%

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Strongly approve ................................................17%

Somewhat approve ........................................... 22%

Somewhat disapprove ......................................15%

Strongly disapprove ........................................ 45%

Q: How do you feel about the U.S. war in Iraq?

Strongly approve ...........................................14%

Somewhat approve ....................................... 22%

Somewhat disapprove ...................................19%

Strongly disapprove ...................................... 44%

Q: What should the U.S. do in Iraq now?

Send more troops .........................................15%

Maintain the same number ..........................18%

Withdraw some troops .................................30%

Withdraw all troops .....................................32%

Q: How confident are you that votes in your state will be counted accurately? Very confident ........................................... 41%

Somewhat confident .................................46%

Not very confident .....................................10%

Not at all confident ....................................3%

Q: Do you think the condition of Maryland?s economy is:

Excellent ...................................................14%

Good .........................................................62%

Not so good .............................................21%

Poor ...........................................................2%

Q: Which party do you think respects the views of blacks?

Only the Democratic party ......................... 28%

Only the Republican party ............................7%

Both do ....................................................... 46%

Neither does ..............................................13%

Q: Are you . . .

White ..........................................................72%

Black .................. .......................................23%

Hispanic/Latino ..........................................1%

Asian ........................................................ 2%

Other ........................................................ 2%

Q: No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:

Democrat ...................................................50%

Republican ............................................... 32%

Independent ..............................................18%

Q: On most political matters, do you consider yourself:

Liberal ........................................................ 26%

Moderate .................................................... 49%

Conservative .............................................. 25%

These results come from an exit poll of 1,563 Maryland voters at 35 polling places all over the state, part of the National Election Pool Survey conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in cooperation with ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News. The results of the entire Maryland sample -- which do not include data from absentee voters -- have a margin of error of 2 percent. Data for smaller, subgroups of voters have higher margins of error

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