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O'Malley Popular--Especially with Women


Gov. Martin O'Malley is getting solid marks for his early job performance -- particularly from women -- according to a new poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies.

The poll found that 52 percent of voters approve of the job O'Malley (D) has done since January and that 21 percent disapprove. Another 27 percent said they did not know enough to rate him. The gap widens considerably among women: 59 percent approve, compared to 15 percent who do not.

The poll of 820 regular voters was conducted March 19 through March 22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

O'Malley also drew praise yesterday from an erstwhile critic, former comptroller, governor and Baltimore Mayor WIlliam Donald Schaefer

As Schaefer received a "First Citizen" award from the state Senate, O'Malley playfully called Schaefer "my mentor and my sometimes tormenter." But he also praised Schaefer for his work to revitalize Baltimore's "glistening" Inner Harbor, now a major tourist attraction, and said he admired Schaefer's "hardworking, can-do grit."

For his part, Schaefer recognized O'Malley as "a nice young governor who I used to fight with all the time." He asked O'Malley's family to stand and directed senators to applaud.

-- John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 29, 2007; 6:07 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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