BALTIMORE (WJZ)– If you’re trying to find a job, run a business, or live on retirement, Maryland may not be the best place for you.
That’s the result of a new poll released today.
Political reporter Pat Warren has more.
While Governor Hogan still rides high in voter approval ratings, a new poll does more than measure his job performance, it shows where residents think the state’s weaknesses lie.
Now a little more than a year since he took office, do Marylanders like that path?
“I think in general going in the right direction,” says Susan Rouse.
“I actually I have mixed feelings about that,” another person said.
A newly released Goucher Poll gives Hogan a 63% approval rating.
“I think that really says something about Larry Hogan’s ability to paint himself as a republican governor who can manage the state,” said Dr. Mileah Kromer, Goucher Field Politics Center.
The general assembly on the other hands has a 44% approval rating.
Kromer tells WJZ that’s not unusual.
“It’s a lot easier to dislike an institution than to dislike an individual so yes they’re polling at 44%, but as legislatures go I don’t think it’s that bad,” Dr. Kromer said.
Marylanders rank the state good or excellent for college education, raising a family and k-12 education, but only half or even less than that rank it high for finding a job, running a business, or retiring.
Warren: “Maryland doesn’t do so well?”
“Right, and those are the things I think that Larry Hogan has really tried to work to address,” said Dr. Kromer.
A job that requires consensus rather than conflict.
“You have to cross the aisles. It has to be compromise for the good of the total people,” said Arthur Hill
Both the executive and the legislative branches say they’re dedicated to that end.
Overall 65% of residents consider Maryland a good or excellent place to live.