Comparing voter turnout, 2010 vs. 2014

Turnout dropped among all political groups in 2014, but the decline was steepest among registered Democrats. As a result, Democrats’ registration advantage among voters who cast ballots shrunk by over 100,000 votes.

Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

Comparing voter preferences, 2010 vs. 2014

For whom did you vote in the election for governor of Maryland?

Note: Party groups based on personal self-identification, not party registration. “Leaners” are independents who say they lean toward a party.

Source: 2010 Washington Post pre-election poll Oct. 19-22 among Maryland likely voters.The poll’s vote margin was identical to the election vote margin.

Most important issue in 2014 vote

Thinking about your vote for governor, what was the single most important issue in deciding your vote?

Among 2014 voters

Numbers may not total 100 percent because of rounding.

SOURCE: This survey was conducted by telephone Feb. 5-8 among a random sample of 1,003 adult residents of Maryland. Interviews were conducted by live interviewers on both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points. The error margin is 4.5 points for the sample of 704 respondents who voted in 2014. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. Full results and exact question wording and order are available at: washingtonpost.com/polls . GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - The Washington Post. Published Feb. 17, 2015.