Annapolis-based pollster Patrick Gonzales recently revealed the findings about the political scene in Maryland, which cast some concern regarding the reelection bid of Gov. Larry Hogan. The data is as follows.
• Among Maryland voters, 71% approve of the job Larry Hogan is doing as governor (41% “strongly” approve and 30% “somewhat” approve), while 21% disapprove (13% “strongly” disapprove and 8% “somewhat” disapprove), and 8% offered no opinion.
• Eighty-six percent of Republicans, 78% of independents, and 61% of Democrats approve of the job Larry Hogan is doing as governor.
• When matched against the top three Democratic contenders, Hogan enjoys a double-digit lead but does not crack the 50% mark against any: In a match-up with Rushern Baker, Hogan leads 47% to 37%, with 16% undecided; against Kevin Kamenetz, Hogan leads 48% to 34%, with 18% undecided; and against Ben Jealous, Hogan leads 49% to 36%, with 15% undecided.
• Hogan captures nearly 90% of Republicans, a quarter of Democrats and mid-50s support with unaffiliated voters against the challengers. His geographic base is composed of Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore (70%-range support) and the Baltimore suburbs (mid-to-upper 50s-range support). He trails badly in the Washington suburbs.
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