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Washington Post Maryland election poll, Oct. 11-15, 2012

In this poll:

Maryland voters face a serious of contentious ballot measures, a senate contest and presidential decision on Nov. 6. Click the bold headlines on the right to see questions from each release, and click on "detailed view" to see results for each question among demographic and political subgroups.

Poll Questions

Q: Are you registered as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or something else? (Among registered voters)

Q: How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not so closely, or not closely at all? (Among registered voters)

Q: I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Republicans), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Cardin, the Democrat), (Bongino, the Republican), Sobhani, the independent or Ahmad, the libertarian?

Q: Do you think things in the state of Maryland are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track? (Among registered voters)

Q: Generally speaking, how would you rate the overall economy of Maryland: excellent, good, not-so-good or poor? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Martin O'Malley is handling his job as governor? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) As you may know, Question 4 on the state ballot is the 'Public Institutions of Higher Education - Tuition Rates' referendum. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Question 4? (See 'complete trends' page for full wording)

Q: If Question 4 passes -- how concerned, if at all, would you be that there would be fewer opportunities for legal residents to attend Maryland colleges and universities? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) As you may know, Question 6 on the state ballot is the 'Civil Marriage Protection Act'. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Question 6? (See 'complete trends' page for full wording)

Q: Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally? (Among registered voters who gave an opinion on gay marriage)

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) As you may know, Question 7 on the state ballot is the 'Gaming Expansion Referendum'. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Question 7? (See 'complete trends' page for full wording)

Q: How many campaign advertisements, if any, have you seen or heard about Question 7 on the state ballot? (Among registered voters)

Q: Overall, do you think having slot machine casinos in Maryland has been a (good) thing or a (bad) thing for the state? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Maryland expands the number of gaming locations in the state, how confident are you that they will produce more money for schools? (Among registered voters)

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, that the expansion of casino gaming in Maryland will hurt the state by leading to more crime and other problems, such as gambling addiction? (Among registered voters)

Q: Have you visited a casino to play slot machines in Maryland in the past year, or not? IF YES: Was that in the past week, the past month, or before that? (Among registered voters)

Q: In the past year, have you been to a casino in Delaware, Pennsylvania or West Virginia, or not? (Among registered voters)

Q: If there were a casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County, how often do you think you would go there to gamble: frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? (Among registered voters)

Q: On another subject, do you think Martin O'Malley would make a good president, or not? (Among registered voters)

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