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Marylanders Worried About Money But High On Obama

A new poll shows large majorities of Marylanders worried about their financial situations -- yet placing high bets on Barck Obama's presidency.

In the poll, by OpinonWorks of Annapolis, 72 percent of Maryland adults said they worry about money as they look at their household's financial situation. Thirty-eight percent say they worry every day, while 34 percent worry sometimes. Twenty-eight percent said they do not worry and 1 percent declined to answer.

The poll also found that 54 percent worry more about money now than they did a few months ago. Forty percent said their level of worry is about the same, while four percent volunteered they worry less.

"It is disheartening to see how widespread the economic anxiety has become," said Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks President and the author of the poll. "In every neighborhood across the state, on nearly every street, households are constantly worried about just making ends meet. This economic crisis has become deeply personal for many Marylanders."

At the same time, residents of Maryland, a heavily Democratic leaning state, voiced higher hopes for Obama's presidency than the country has in recent national polls.

Sixty-six percent said they thought he would be a great or good president, with 32 percent saying great and 34 percent saying good. Twelve percent said they expect Obama to be so-so, while 6 percent said bad.

The telephone poll of 1,015 randomly-selected Maryland adult residents was conducted Nov. 20-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

By John Wagner  |  December 11, 2008; 2:39 PM ET
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Marylanders should be worried about money because the economic stimulus plan in Annapolis is tax increases. After increases in sales, car, income, and corporate taxes, there is a move in Annapolis to raise the state property tax.

If officials really wanted to stimulate Maryland's economy they would cut the stated sales tax by 3 cents. Then job-providing companies would locate here. There has never been a state in U.S. history to cut its state sales tax. Save Our Homes!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 12, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Of course, Marylanders are high on Obama. He said he would give 95% of working Americans a tax cut. Maryland is doing just the opposite. Obama would boo the ele3cted officials in Annapolis for their tax-increasing ways.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 12, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Marylanders must be high not to be worried about 0bama.

Posted by: NeverLeft | December 15, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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