Hogan Remains Popular, but Marylanders Disagree With him on Some Issues, Poll Finds

March 7, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan remains very popular in the latest Goucher College poll, and a majority lean toward re-electing him, but Marylanders go further than he is willing to do on significant issues such as paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and school funding.

A strong majority does favor Hogan’s positions supporting an independent commission for redistricting and focusing transportation funding on roads and highways, not mass transit.

The poll taken last week (full results and methodology) surveyed 776 Maryland residents — not just registered voters, as many polls do — and found 63% approve of the job Hogan is doing, 17% disapprove, and 20% don’t know. That’s a dip from his 70% approval rating in September. They remain positive about the direction of the state: 62% say it is heading in the right direction, 22% say it is not.

Among the 644 registered voters who responded, 57% say they would definitely vote to reelect the governor next year or are leaning that way; 33% will definitely vote for someone else or are leaning that way.

LEGISLATURE: 42% of residents approve of the job the General Assembly is doing, 24% disapprove, and 33% don’t know.

Voters are divided on the impact their views of President Trump will have on their election choices next year. Forty-five percent say it will affect their choices a lot and 31% say it won’t affect them at all, while 21% say it will affect them some or a little.

“The governor remains largely unaffected by national politics,” said Mileah Kromer, director of polling at Goucher, despite efforts to connect him to Trump. But a third of the respondents do say he spends too little time addressing President Trump’s executive orders.

PAID SICK LEAVE: Four out of five respondents (80%) support requiring businesses with 15 or more workers to provide paid sick, the version that the House of Delegates approved last year and is voting on again this week. An even higher percentage (84%) support paid sick leave for businesses with over 50 employees as Hogan has proposed.

MINIMUM WAGE: Three out of five Marylanders (60%) support raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, a major increase. Now at $8.75 per hour, the state minimum is scheduled to go to $9.25 July 1 and $10.10 in July 1, 2018.

EDUCATION TOP PRIORITY: Asked about the most important issue facing the state, 18% of residents chose education. Two-thirds of Marylanders (66%) say the state spends “too little” to fund education, and about a quarter (23%) think the state spends about the right amount.

As to Gov. Hogan’s top priorities, jobs and taxes, 11% Marylanders ranked jobs and unemployment as a top priority, and 9% said taxes.

TRANSPORTATION: Three out of five Marylanders (59%) said the state government should focus more on improving roads and highways, and 35% said the focus should be on improving public transportation.

REDISTRICTING: Almost three out of four Marylanders (73%) prefer a system where legislative and congressional districts are drawn by an independent commission, as Hogan has proposed; 20% prefer the current system in which lines are redrawn by elected officials after every 10-year census.

MARIJUANA: 58% of Maryland residents think marijuana should be legalized, and 36% are opposed, similar to Goucher poll findings in 2015 and 2016.

Sixty-eight percent of the interviews were conducted by cell phone, and the poll has a margin of error of 3.5%.

By Len Lazarick


6 Responses to Hogan Remains Popular, but Marylanders Disagree With him on Some Issues, Poll Finds

  1. Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I see nothing was asked about his wanting to fix our state control issues as he said he would. Overall he is best we have had in this state since I moved here…

  2. AliceW on March 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    He even tried to veto the bill that allowed felons to vote but the wacko legislature over rode him. Lets start weeding out the wackos so he can get more done!

  3. Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Raising the minimum wage that high will kill our economy and crush our middle class. I am all for $10/h but 15 will only make businesses think twice about staying/moving here and the ones that do stay will either automate most of their no skill jobs or raise the prices which hurts all consumers. The ones lucky enough to keep their job will benefit in the short term but in the long run inflation will take over, rents will raise, products will cost more, and the number of people at the bottom will continue to grow and encompass not only the unskilled but also the semi-skilled. This is the old saying of be careful what you wish for, many that are fighting for the increase will find themselves out of work. If you want to be successful and have money you need to do like everyone else and work hard, develop a marketable skill, and be patient. I, and many like me didn’t get into comfortable salaries until our mid to late 30’s. Most of these unskilled jobs were intended for 16 to 20 year olds and no 16 year old should be making $15 an hour to mop a floor or get my order wrong at a burger joint.

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Well said until the “and no 16 year old should be making $15 an hour to mop a floor or get my order wrong at a burger joint.” I’ve worked those jobs until my early 20’s and it’s a lot more to it than mopping floors and making orders. It’s actually really physically demanding for male employees because you’re expected to assemble/disassemble and clean machinery, filter hot oil without getting burned, carry large bags of garbage (50-100 lbs or more) to dumpsters, sweep, deck scrub tiled floors and then mop, lift heavy boxes, rotate inventory in a large cold freezer, lift and stock multiple racks of bread, lift and empty grease traps, carry and wash a wide variety of large dishes, scrub large grills, clean underneath counter surfaces, unload a truck full of boxes, racks, crates and carts on truck day, vacuum carpet surfaces and much more depending on the company. I’m not saying that I agree with a major increase in minimum wage, I’m just saying that those kinds of jobs are really physically demanding for male employees. Female employees mostly take the orders, sweep floors and make orders.

  4. Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I don’t know why people think that raising the minimum wage will be beneficial to employees. Companies lose money that way and as a result, jobs and hours will be cut. If you can’t work enough hours, you’re not going to make enough money. It doesn’t matter if the minimum wage was increased to $50 per hour. If you’re only working 2 hours per week and getting paid biweekly, your check will be less than $200 after taxes. Legal marijuana? I could care less if it’s legal or not. Doesn’t mean that it will be excluded from employment-based drug tests if it’s legal. Two things that MD needs is more gun rights (e.g. concealed carry) for law-abiding citizens and stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Yes our gun rights need fixed. He said he would get that done.. No progress change to.a shall issue instead of may issue