BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marylanders continue to hold Gov. Larry Hogan in a favorable light.
According to the latest Goucher Poll, 68% of residents approve of the job Hogan is doing as governor, with 59% saying the state is heading in the right direction.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: A Cold Front Sweeps In As Severe Thunderstorm Watch Ends
Of the 700 Marylanders surveyed, 22% said they disapproved of the Republican governor’s performance and 7% said they did not know.
Hogan’s approval rating has remained pretty consistent over the last several years, despite Maryland being a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly 2 to 1. In October 2020, 71% of respondents gave Hogan a favorable review, and in September 2019, it was 64%.
In the latter poll, only a plurality of Marylanders–46%–thought the state was going in the right direction, compared with 35% who thought the state was on the wrong track.
Support for President Joe Biden in Maryland is not nearly as strong. Only 53% of respondents said they approve of the job the president is doing, a 9-point drop from March, according to the poll.
Broken down by political party, Democrats and Republicans are, unsurprisingly, sharply divided on Biden’s performance. According to the poll, 80% of Democrats approve of how he’s run the country, while 88% of Republicans disapprove. Among independent voters, a slim majority–51%–disapprove.READ MORE: Waterfront Partnership Of Baltimore Offers Free Exercise Classes Along Inner Harbor
When asked about the state government’s spending priorities, respondents were pretty evenly split on budget items such as public transportation, unemployment assistance, and housing and community development. But a majority of those surveyed–54%– said Maryland spends “too little” on public education.
According to the poll, 31% of respondents said Maryland spends the “right amount” on schools, and only 9% said the state allocates “too much” money for education.
Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Hogan’s veto of a bill to inject $4 billion into education spending over the next decade.
Nearly 60% of residents agreed the state spends the “right amount” on state parks.
Pollsters with Goucher College interviewed 700 Marylanders for the survey from Oct. 14-20. Of those interviewed, 631 Maryland adults identified as registered voters. There’s a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.MORE NEWS: Five People Shot Within An Hour On East Side Of Baltimore Sunday
The same poll found that 60% of residents support making recreational cannabis legal in Maryland.