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O'Malley Brushes Off Slide In Polls

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) yesterday downplayed fresh poll results showing a drop off in his job approval following last fall's special session, in which lawmakers followed his lead in enacting $1.4 billion in tax increases to help fix the state's finances.

A poll released yesterday showed 39 percent of Maryland voters approve of O'Malley's performance, down 7 percentage points from October. In the new survey by Gonzales Research & Marketing, 49 disapproved and 12 percent were not sure. A poll released by The Baltimore Sun over the weekend showed similar results.

"Popularity is a nice thing, and I have enjoyed it from time to time as a public servant," O'Malley told reporters at an news conference on his administration's new plans to address a spoke in foreclosures. "But more important to me is making the right decisions for the long-term interests of the people I serve."

O'Malley said that "at the end of the day, I have to be able to look myself in the mirror."

The Gonzales poll showed big differences in the way O'Malley is viewed by Democrats and Republicans.

Fifty-two percent of Democrats said they approve of his job, while 36 percent disapproved and 12 percent were not sure. Among Republicans, 14 percent approved, while 78 percent disapproved and 8 percent had no opinion.

Independents were more evenly divided. Forty-one percent approved, while 39 percent disapproved and 20 percent had no opinion.

The telephone poll of 848 registered voters in Maryland who vote regularly was conducted between Jan. 4 and 11, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

By John Wagner  |  January 15, 2008; 11:11 AM ET
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When O'Malley looks at himself in the mirror, does he see the man who promised not to raise our taxes in the first year of his term? Or does he see the guy who promised to solve the BGE crisis?

Posted by: Just Wondering? | January 15, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley's hand-picked Public Service Commission rubber-stamped massive rate hikes. Then there were shady land deals. Then the tax hikes. And now what's he back to? Rosewood closing...300 acres of prime real estate in Baltimore County and Jim Smith, his close campaign ally, will cash in.

Everything that O'Malley touches suddenly has a horrible odor to it!

Posted by: Jim | January 15, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess he has no ambitions for higher office.

Posted by: Good! | January 16, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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