Majority of Marylanders still approve of job being done by President Obama, poll finds


President Obama walks out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington earlier this week. (Photo by Reuters/Yuri Gripas)
November 7, 2013

President Obama’s job approval has fallen into the low 40s in many national polls. But in true-blue Maryland, it’s a different story: 55 percent of Free State residents approve of the job Obama is doing, while 39 percent disapprove, according to a new Goucher poll.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Maryland by more than a 2-to-1 margin. So it’s probably not surprising that the poll also found that more Maryland residents think Democrats would do a better job leading the state over the next few years than Republicans would.

According to the poll, about half of Maryland residents think the Democratic Party would do a better job; 23 percent think the Republican Party would do a better job; and 20 percent volunteered that “neither party” would do a better job.

Heading into an election year, the Goucher poll found a wide range of familiarity with the 2014 candidates for governor among Maryland residents.

Sixty-two percent said they recognize the name of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), while 58 percent were familiar with his chief Democratic rival, Attorney General F. Gansler (D). Meanwhile, only 13 percent recognized the name of Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), another candidate angling for the Democratic nomination.

The poll also tested the name of Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who has said he will decide around Thanksgiving whether to join the Democratic primary. Forty-nine percent of residents recognized his name.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) had the most recognizable name among Republicans, with 31 percent saying they knew who he is.

Twenty-three percent of Maryland residents said they had heard of Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, while 22 percent said recognized the name of Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel).

The Goucher poll was also the latest survey to find mixed views about the state’s current governor, Martin O’Malley (D).

Forty-one percent of Marylanders have a favorable view of O’Malley, while 40 percent have an unfavorable view, according to the poll. Eighteen percent indicated they didn’t know whether they had a favorable or unfavorable view of the governor.

The Goucher poll of 665 Maryland residents was said to be conducted Oct. 27-31. The sample did not restrict respondents to registered or likely voters. The margin of error was said to be plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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