BALTIMORE (WJZ) — People in Maryland are already weighing in on the 2018 Governor’s Race.
A new Gonzales Maryland poll is showing where Governor Larry Hogan stands with voters and some of his challengers.
A total of 823 registered voters were surveyed between December 27 and January 5. The poll revealed that among Maryland voters, 71 percent approve of the job Larry Hogan is doing as governor. Twenty-one percent disapprove of the Republican Governor. Fifty-nine percent of voters also believe Maryland is moving in the right direction.
And when matched against the top three Democratic contenders, the governor has a double-digit lead. However, he does not get past 50 perecnt with any challenger.
Against Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Hogan leads 47 percent to 37 percent.
- Against Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentez, Hogan leads 48 percent to 34 percent.
- Against former NAACP President Ben Jealous, Hogan leads 49 percent to 36 percent with 15 percent undecided.
The governor enjoys a 70 perecnt range support in Western Maryland and in the Eastern Shore. In the Baltimore suburbs, he has a mid-to-upper 50’s range support. But, in the Washington suburbs, the Gonzales Poll says he trails badly.
The poll also asked what people thought about President Trump. Among voters, 36 percent approve of the job the president is doing while 60 percent disapprove of the job he is doing. Among Republicans, 73 percent of voters approve while 25 percent disapprove. Among Democrats, 78 percent disapprove while 19 percent approve of the job the president is doing. Among millennials, 68 percent disapprove of the job the president is doing.
Some actions in Congress are not being received well by voters. According to the poll, the recently enacted tax bill was only favored by 33 percent of Marylanders. Fifty-five percent oppose the bill. The tax bill drops the corporate tax rate down from 35 percent to 21 percent and nearly doubles the standard deduction for individuals.