A majority of Marylanders say they approve of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, with those positive feelings translating into additional support for an already popular two-term Republican governor.
The poll released by Gonzales Research and Marketing Services is the first look at how Maryland residents feel about both Gov. Larry Hogan and how he has handled mitigating the pandemic in the state.
Hogan has found himself the target of criticism from both the public and elected officials in his own party for his efforts. Maryland has been under a state of emergency since March 5, when the first three cases were confirmed in the state
Since then, the governor has issued dozens of executive orders and closed non-essential businesses and barred restaurants from offering sit-down services. The state is entering its second week of the first phase of Hogan’s reopening plan. Retail businesses can reopen in most areas of the state, though restaurants are still waiting for the green light to begin offering table services.
The Gonzales poll found that those opposed to Hogan’s actions to combat the spread of the virus were in the minority.
Statewide, 63% of those polled said the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus “have been just about right.” Additionally, 64% said the stay-at-home measures have been worth it.
Just 22 percent said the measures “have caused more harm than good” and unnecessarily hurt businesses and damaged the state’s economy.
The poll of 810 registered Maryland voters who said they are likely to vote in the 2020 general election was conducted May 19-23.
Meanwhile, the poll found that Marylanders are not overly concerned with getting sick. Just 17% said they were very concerned about getting sick, while 40% said they are somewhat concerned and 41 percent said they are not very concerned at all.
Hogan’s popularity in the state also continues to grow, with 78% of those who responded saying they approve of the second-term Republican governor. The figure represents an 8 percentage point increase from the lost time Gonzales conducted a poll.
Democrats drive the approval numbers, with 82% saying they approve of the job Hogan is doing followed by 74% of independents and 71% of Republicans.
The poll found that 53% of those surveyed said they had or someone close to them had lost their job or seen they income reduced as a result of the virus. That number jumps to 64% in rural areas of the state, according to the poll.
President Donald Trump continues to fare poorly in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-1 margin. Just 40% said they approve of the job being done by Trump.