Washington Post Maryland poll, February 2013

Poll Questions

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?

Q: Which of the following issues do you think is the biggest problem facing the state of Maryland these days:

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

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

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job improving access to health care in Maryland?

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job making college education more affordable? (Half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay? (Half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job balancing Maryland's budget? (Half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job funding Maryland's schools? (Half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether you think governor O'Malley is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job handling state taxes? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Would you favor or oppose a new 3 percent sales tax on gasoline, if the money were used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation?

Q: Would you favor or oppose raising Maryland's overall sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, if the money were used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation?

Q: Would you favor or oppose giving counties the option of charging an additional 5-cent per gallon gasoline tax, if the money were used for transportation projects such as roads, traffic management or public transportation?

Q: Would you favor or oppose leasing the Inter-county Connector and other roads to private companies, if the money were used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation?

Q: How big a problem is traffic congestion in your area? Would you say a major problem, minor problem, or not a problem?

Q: On another subject, do you favor or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?

Q: Do you feel that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder - that it lowers the murder rate - or not?

Q: Generally speaking, do you believe the death penalty has been applied fairly or unfairly in Maryland?

Q: Critics of the death penalty in Maryland say it is immoral, has been unfairly applied and should be abolished - replaced by life in prison with no chance for parole. Supporters of the death penalty in Maryland say it should remain an option for those convicted of committing the most terrible crimes. Which view is closer to your own, that Maryland law should allow for the death penalty or should the death penalty be abolished and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole?

Q: One proposal aimed at meeting the state's renewable energy goals is to fund new off-shore wind-power facilities, which would be paid for by raising monthly electricity bills by about one dollar and fifty cents for the average Marylander and higher bills for businesses. Would you support or oppose such a plan for wind power in the state?

Q: On another subject: Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?

Q: How about in Maryland, do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in the state?

Q: Specifically, would you favor or oppose prohibiting the sale of all handguns?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring placing an armed guard in every school in Maryland? (Half sample)

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets? (Half sample)

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons? (Half sample)

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows? (Half sample)

Q: One proposal to address the gun issue would require Maryland residents to apply for a license before purchasing any handgun. They would have to submit fingerprints to state police, complete an eight-hour gun safety course and pass a background check. Do you support or oppose such a licensing requirement in Maryland?

Q: (IF OPPOSE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS) Which part of this licensing program do you oppose the most - requiring submission of fingerprints to police, the gun safety course or the background check?

Q: Current state law bans gun purchases by people who have been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility for 30 or more consecutive days. Do you think this law is too strict, not strict enough or is about right?

Q: How big a problem is gun violence in your community? Would you say a major problem, minor problem, or not a problem?

Q: Thinking ahead to 2016, between (Martin O'Malley), (Hillary Clinton), (Joe Biden) and (Andrew Cuomo) whom would you like to be the next Democratic presidential nominee?

Q: If Martin O'Malley were the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, would you definitely vote for him in the general election, would you consider voting for him or would you definitely not vote for him?

Q: Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the Postal Service's decision to stop Saturday delivery of letters?

Q: How often do you send or receive personal letters through the mail -- More than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, or never?

Q: Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

Q: (IF GUN IN HOUSE) Have you, yourself, purchased a gun in the past 10 years?

Q: (IF PURCHASED GUN IN PAST 10 YEARS) Did you buy this gun from a traditional gun store, a gun show, the Internet, a private individual, or from somewhere else?

Q: (IF PURCHASED GUN IN PAST 10 YEARS) Did you undergo a background check before you could buy this gun, or not?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

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