Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (at lectern) announces two pieces of proposed legislation for school construction and accountability during a press conference Dec. 5 in Annapolis. Behind him are (from left) his chief legislative officer Keiffer Mitchell, state Superintendent Karen Salmon, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Hogan’s budget secretary David Brinkley. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (at lectern) announces two pieces of proposed legislation for school construction and accountability during a Dec. 5 press conference in Annapolis. Behind him are (from left) his chief legislative officer Keiffer Mitchell, state Superintendent Karen Salmon, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Hogan’s budget secretary David Brinkley. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Despite the polarized political atmosphere on Capitol Hill, a poll released Tuesday shows the majority-Democrat Maryland approves of its Republican governor.

Gonzales Research & Media Services of Arnold, Maryland, shows about 75 percent of respondents approve of the job by Gov. Larry Hogan during his second four-year term.

In terms of Black voters, that figure stands at 70 percent and hovers above 70 percent among both Democrats and Republicans.

Patrick Gonzales, who runs the firm, said Hogan’s popularity largely stems from his public announcement in 2015 that he is battling cancer.

“He communicated that straightforward, unlike a politician and just a human being. I think that sustained a relationship with voters,” Gonzales said. “What’s more human than anyone facing death? There isn’t anything much more important on Earth than that. It’s not that simple, but I do think it is a big part of it.”

The poll, released one day before the Maryland General Assembly convenes in Annapolis, also shows about 55 percent say “things are moving in the right direction” in Maryland, compared to 33 percent who disagree.

Voters also chose the top three concerns state officials should deal with immediately: crime (31 percent), education (16 percent) and transportation (11 percent).

In the most glaring figure among age groups, 31 percent of voters age 18 to 39 believe economic conditions in a year will “get worse.”

About 22 percent of those 40 and older agree. When separated in three different age brackets (40-49, 50 to 59 and 60 older), the percentage for the first two age groups set at less than 7 percent and less than 10 percent for the senior voters.

“To see that sharp distinction … is unbelievable to me,” Gonzales said. “That is a not a political question. That is just sort of a quality-of-life question. That is attitude.”

Slightly more than 50 percent of all groups, however, believe the economy will stay the same.

Among Black voters, about 57 percent say the economy won’t change, compared to 12 percent who say it will get worse.

Black voters in Maryland also showed the highest marks at 90 percent who disapprove of Donald Trump’s job as president. Another 77 percent support the removal of Trump from office after the House voted to impeach Trump.

In comparison, 49 percent of white voters disapprove of Trump’s job as commander in chief. The figure decreases to 39 percent who support to remove him from office.

The poll also asked voters about their support of legalizing marijuana for recreational use: 57 percent support and 38 percent don’t. However, it appears the legislature won’t take up the measure during this year’s session.

The poll was conducted Dec. 23-Jan. 4 and surveyed 838 registered voters who are likely to vote in this year’s general election. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

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