Poll finds support for $15 minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, banning Styrofoam and aiding the terminally ill in dying


Maryland voters in November re-elected a Republican governor for only a second time in history, but they also elected a Democratic legislature that has moved further to the left.

A new Goucher College poll taken earlier this month found broad support among Maryland adults for some of the top policy initiatives by Democrats that are not on Gov. Larry Hogan’s wish list.

  • 67% support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and 30% oppose it. These results show even higher support for the $15 minimum than in a January poll taken for MarylandReporter.com.
  • 66% support raising the minimum age for the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products and 31% oppose it.
  • 57% support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and 37% oppose it.
  • 63% support a statewide ban on Styrofoam products such as food containers, plates, and cups and 31% oppose it.
  • 62% support the proposed “aid-in-dying” bill and 31% oppose it.

Respondents were also asked whether the state government spends too little, about the right amount, or too much on public education.

Too little: 64%

About the right amount: 24%

Too much: 7%

“The Democrats in the General Assembly have laid out a robust set of policy proposals this legislative session,” said pollster Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “Our poll results suggest that much of their agenda is popular with the general public. Some of these issues, however, are contentious and will face formidable opposition from organized interests on their way to an uncertain fate at Gov. Hogan’s desk.”

The poll also questioned about race relations and racial justice.

The poll surveyed 808 Maryland adults from Feb. 7 to 12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4%. Here are the full results of the poll.

About The Author

Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com 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. Dale McNamee

    Regarding banning Styrofoam… How will those who buy take-out or take home leftovers transport their food home ? Didn’t think about that, eh ?

    Also, what about styrofoam packaging for things like TVs and other electronics, Styrofoam coolers, Styrofoam containers for frozen steaks, crab cakes, etc. for home delivery, hmm ?

    Legalizing so-called “recreational pot”… It’s not what it’s made out to be… Also, taking a hallucinogen and exposing others to smoke that creates a “contact high” isn’t great either !

    The $15 minimum wage… Expect to see more businesses automating their businesses and having fewer jobs available… As well as businesses closing and /or moving out of state…

    As an aside…

    NYCs $15 minimum wage forced the bar where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worked to close…

  2. Bradley Williams

    Meanwhile all is not well in HI, OR, WA, CO, VT and
    CA where reports on assisted suicide are incomplete: How many self-administered as promised?
    A broken promise is missing in the CA report on assisted suicides?
    So after a year in CA how many self administered the poison as was promised when the concept was marketed? By omitting an ordinary witness all the flaunted safeguards are eviscerated and our choices are ignored and not honored allowing exploitation of us all.
    State Documents in Oregon indicate that 20% of their assisted suicide deaths could have been bullied by the corporate facilitators forcing the poison. I take exception to the push polls yes 60%, even the religious, favor the concept then 95% change to not-in-favor after they learn how easily the laws can be wrongly administered saying “I’m not for that”. Risking us all,all ages, to be exploited by predatory corporations and predatory new best friends or heirs.
    Read the language of the laws to decern the double speak, omissions and commissions to reveal the normalized, the exploited, the expended, the euthanized….
    Bradley Williams
    President MTaas org

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