ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A majority of Marylanders approve of the job Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is doing in the state, including how he has addressed the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a Gonzales poll, 73% of residents statewide approve of the job Hogan is doing as governor, while 23% disapprove.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Union Says It Has Lost Confidence In Leadership Of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt
Hogan also has an 87% approval rating among Maryland’s Black voters.
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Pollsters also asked Marylanders how Hogan was doing addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Democrats actually favored Hogan over Republicans with 82% rating his response as excellent or good. Only 66% of Republicans rated him excellent or good.
The poll of 820 likely voters, which was conducted between October 19 and October 24, has a 3.5% margin of error.READ MORE: Technical Problems Raise Transparency Concerns In Latest Marilyn Mosby Criminal Case Hearing
While fellow Republican President Donald Trump draws his highest support in rural areas of the state, that’s not the case for Hogan.
“Hogan’s job approval in Washington Metro is actually higher than rural Maryland,” pollster Patrick Gonzales said when asked what stood out to him about the governor’s support.
Hogan is rumored to be mulling a presidential bid in 2024, but the support from Democrats could be a liability, Gonzales said.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
“He’s been outperforming among Democrats the last several surveys. That could become problematic in a Republican nominating process,” he said.