ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new poll has found that while 54 percent of Maryland residents say an executive order should be used “rarely or never,” 67 percent approved of Gov. Larry Hogan using one to start schools after Labor Day.

The poll by Goucher College was released Monday.

The Republican governor announced the executive order on Aug. 31 for next year’s school start. Democrats who control the legislature have criticized the use of executive order to make the change.

Meanwhile, Maryland residents are divided on the natural gas drilling technique known as fracking. The pollfound 43 percent support banning it, 32 percent oppose banning the practice and 24 percent said they didn’t know.

The telephone poll of 668 state residents from Sept. 17-20 has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

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