According to a new poll, President Joe Biden has a modest approval rating among residents of Maryland, coming in at just over 50 percent.
The Democratic president was given an approval rating of 54 percent, while 43 percent of those polled said they disapprove of the job the president is currently doing.
More than 800 voters in Maryland were polled by Gonzales Research & Media Services in the month of December. The support fell along party lines, as 84 percent of Democratic voters in the state approved of the job Biden is doing, while 86 percent of Republican voters disapproved.
Among independent voters, Biden was given just 32 percent approval and 62 percent disapproval. Regarding specific issues, 57 percent of respondents approved of the job Biden is doing handling the ongoing pandemic, and 45 percent approved of his handling of the economy.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, though, received extremely strong approval ratings, which came in at 74 percent on this poll. Hogan has consistently gotten approval ratings above 60 percent and sometimes above 70 percent during his time in office.
The governor, a Republican, actually had more support from Democrats than his own party at 78 percent to 69 percent. Independent voters gave Hogan a 71 percent approval rating.
Hogan has received high praise over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic at an approval rating of 76 percent – with Democrats giving 83 percent approval.
“With a deft touch, Hogan has navigated the choppy, partisan puddle of politics and kept his ship sailing straight and fast, as others have sputtered and sunk during these turbulent times,” wrote pollster Patrick Gonzales in a summary of the poll.
Hogan’s time as governor is term-limited, and he is currently surveying options for his political future. Gonzales said his support from Democrats is “roiling the insatiable impulses of D.C. docents and kingmakers trying to carve out the future.”
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: BALTIMORE SUN
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