Marylanders give Obama, Clinton thumbs up, Congress thumbs down; mixed views on immigration

Marylanders give Obama, Clinton thumbs up, Congress thumbs down; mixed views on immigration

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President Obama’s job approval ratings among Marylanders have remained consistent during his last two years in office, a new Goucher Poll finds. Fifty-three percent (53%) of Maryland residents approve of the job he is doing, while 38% disapprove — nearly identical to the results found in the September 2014 Goucher Poll.

Marylanders continue to express their disapproval with Congress; 83% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. The disdain for Congress is fairly uniform regardless of party, gender, race or age.

UPDATE 10/6, 8:15 a.m.: If the Democratic primary were held today, 43% of Maryland Democrats say they would vote for Hillary Clinton, 23% for Joe Biden, and 17% for Bernie Sanders. Mirroring nationwide polling, 2% of Maryland Democratic voters would support former Governor Martin O’Malley’s bid for the Democratic nomination.

When asked for the most important issue in determining their vote, 33 percent say economy, budget, or tax issues; 13 percent say international affairs or foreign policy; seven percent say women’s issues; and six percent say education.

“The gains Bernie Sanders made with Democratic voters in New Hampshire and Iowa are not reflected in Maryland. Hillary Clinton remains the clear front-runner, even with the undeclared Joe Biden in the mix,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “Although Martin O’Malley was a popular two-term governor among Democrats in the state, his campaign’s difficulties in gaining traction nationwide are reflected in Maryland.”

Views on undocumented immigrants

Residents were asked about their general views toward undocumented immigrants working in the United States:

  • 62%: Undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in their jobs and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship.
  • 13%: Undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as temporary guest workers, but not to apply for U.S. citizenship.
  • 20%: Undocumented immigrants should be required to leave their jobs and leave the United States.

Residents were also asked whether they thought the number of undocumented immigrants coming to the United States in the past decade has increased, decreased, or stayed the same.

Seventy-three percent of Marylanders think it has increased, 14 percent think it has stayed about the same, and 8 percent think it has decreased.

According to research from the Pew Research Center based on Census population estimates, the number of undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S. has stayed about the same since 2005.

About The Author

Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

1 Comment

  1. Dale McNamee

    Marylanders giving Obama & Hillary “thumbs up” shows how moronic some Marylanders are..

    I guess that the past 6-7 years of Obama’s rule didn’t affect these “cocooned ones”…

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