Marylanders Struggling With Rising Prices, But Feel Good About State and Hogan Economy, Poll Results – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Marylanders continue to keep Governor Larry Hogan in his favor.

According to the latest Goucher Poll, 65% of residents approve of the job Hogan is doing as governor, with 55% saying the state is on the right track.

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Of the 635 Marylanders surveyed, 25% said they disapproved of the Republican governor’s actions and 8% said they didn’t know.

Hogan’s approval ratings have remained fairly consistent over the past few years, even though Maryland is the state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2 to 1. October 202071% of respondents rated Hogan favorably, and in September 2019it is 64%.

Support for President Joe Biden in Maryland isn’t nearly as strong. Only 48% of respondents said they approve of the job the president is doing, down 5 points from October and 14 points down from March.

No wonder Democrats and Republicans are split on Biden’s record. According to the poll, 68% of Democrats approve of the way he runs the country, while 82% of Republicans disapprove. Among independent voters, 62% disapproved.

The poll shows that while most Marylanders are feeling the pinch amid rising prices, they feel positive overall about the state’s economy and direction.

Economic outlook

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More than half of people in Maryland say recent price increases have hit the economy. More than a quarter of Marylanders, 26%, said they had experienced minor hardship, while 30% of Marylanders said they had experienced major financial hardship.

When asked how they feel about the economic situation in Maryland, just over half of respondents, 52%, said they have a positive view. That may not come as a surprise, given Maryland’s billion-dollar budget surplus and revenue estimates.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan laid out a framework for spending surpluses on large tax breaks for state retirees and direct tax breaks for Marylanders at large.

Nearly half of Marylanders in the poll, 49 percent, agree with Hogan on that, saying the state should spend its budget surplus on tax cuts. The remaining 50% think that the state should spend to increase the budget for public services. One percent of respondents had no opinion or did not respond.

A quarter of residents surveyed, 25%, said crime and public safety are what they want the state government to prioritize. 17% of respondents prioritized education and 14% said economic and employment issues should be prioritized.

Regarding the direction of the state, 55% of respondents said Maryland is on the right track, and 32% think Maryland is on the wrong track.

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Goucher College pollsters interviewed 635 Marylanders for the March 1-6 survey. Of those interviewed, 593 Maryland adults identified as voters. Registered. There is an error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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