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.
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