As the rookie Republican governor of deep-blue Maryland, Larry Hogan had already beaten some daunting odds. A common-sense businessman with a down-to-earth style, he had won a long-shot election the Washington Post called “a stunning upset.” He’d worked with cops and neighborhood leaders to quell Baltimore’s worst rioting in 47 years. He’d stared down entrenched political bosses to save his state from fiscal catastrophe, winning praise from Democrats, Republicans and independents.
According to an independent Goucher College poll released this morning, 82% of Marylanders approve of Governor Hogan’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic with the overwhelming majority rating his balanced reopening approach as “about right.” Past surveys have found that Governor Hogan has the highest COVID-19 response approval of any governor in the country. This comes after a Goucher College poll released yesterday showed that 71% of Maryland registered voters approve of Governor Hogan’s job performance, including 69% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans, 71% of African Americans, and 72% of women.
Even in the middle of a bitterly divisive election, an overwhelming majority of Marylanders – regardless of race, age, education, gender, and party – support Governor Hogan’s common-sense leadership. According to a new Goucher poll, 71% of Maryland registered voters approve of Governor Hogan’s job performance, including 69% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans, 71% of African Americans, and 72% of women. Even as 70% of Americans think the nation is on the wrong track, 63% of Marylanders describe the state as headed in the right direction – the highest in several years.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today reported that the State of Maryland added 24,200 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate decreased to 6.9%—more than 18% lower than the national unemployment rate. Maryland has now gained 183,200 jobs during the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.