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Poll: Hogan Job Approval at 62%

The Republican proposed two big transportation overhauls.

Sept. 25, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) job performance stands at 62-16 percent, according to a new Goucher Poll (Sept. 14-17; 671 residents; +/-3.8%). Of those polled, 51 percent “say they are leaning toward voting to reelect … Hogan or will definitely vote to reelect Governor Hogan” and 42 percent “say they are leaning toward or would definitely vote for another candidate.”

The poll found that 47 percent “percent of Marylanders think that … Hogan is a moderate, while 31 percent see him as a conservative and 7 percent view the Governor as a liberal,” while 43 percent “suggested that Hogan has distanced himself ‘about the right amount’ from President Trump.” And 27 percent “believe … Hogan has distanced himself too little from the President, and [11%] think he has distanced himself too much.”

There was 55 percent that said “Maryland is heading in the right direction and 31 percent say Maryland is off on the wrong track.”

And 25 percent “approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President, … and 71 percent disapprove. … Only 8 percent approve of the job Congress is doing while 86 disapprove.”

“Maryland voters were asked about the single most important issue for determining their choice for governor, 28 percent say economy and jobs, 21 percent say education, and 12 percent say taxes or health care.” (release)

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. “Hogan’s proposals to widen the state’s three most congested highways and fund Metro could undercut Democrats’ strategy of painting him as a small-minded leader with few significant accomplishments when they try to oust him in next year’s election, analysts say.”

“On Thursday, Hogan announced a $9 billion project to add four toll lanes apiece to Maryland’s half of the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. He said that the plan wouldn’t cost taxpayers any money, partly because the Beltway and I-270 projects would be developed by private companies in a public-private partnership. … Ten days earlier, Hogan tried to break a regional deadlock over Metro funding by offering to increase Maryland’s contribution to the transit agency by $500 million over four years if Virginia, the District and the federal government do the same.” (Washington Post)

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