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Poll Finds O'Malley "Well-positioned"


Findings of a new poll suggest that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is "well-situated to build on his position with voters as he tenure evolves."

The poll, by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, found that 50 percent of Maryland voters have a favorable opinion of O'Malley, a figure Gonzales says is "decent." Another 23 percent have an unfavorable opinion, while 24 percent are neutral and 3 percent don't recognize O'Malley.

Moreover, several of O'Malley's top legislative priorities enjoy widespread support. For example, 81 percent support O'Malley's proposal to spend $400 million on school construction next year. Meanwhile, 74 percent said they support tougher emission standards for automobilies, another O'Malley initiative.

The poll also found 70 percent of Maryland voters support a statewide smoking ban, which O'Malley has not endorsed. And 53 percent support allowing slot-machine gambling at racetracks in Maryland, an initiative O'Malley supports but is not pushing this year. That figure is up a few points from a year ago, according to the poll.

The telephone poll of 809 regular voters was conducted between Jan. 22 and Jan. 28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

By John Wagner  |  January 31, 2007; 9:44 AM ET
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