Poll: Marylanders United in Budget Worries, Divided on Solution
A large majority of Maryland voters -- 75 percent -- say that the state budget is a "very big problem," according to a new poll, which also examined a potential Ehrlich-O'Malley rematch.
But a simple majority can't agree on a single thing to do about it.
The poll, by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, posed seven partial budget solutions -- none of which were popular.
- 80 percent opposed reducing state aid for public education.
- 70 percent opposed reducing services for the poor.
- 67 percent opposed reducing state aid for higher education.
- 67 percent opposed increasing the state income tax.
- 64 percent opposed increasing the state sales tax.
- 56 percent opposed reducing state funding for environmental programs.
- 51 percent opposed reducing state funding for transportation projects.
The Gonzales poll of 833 Maryland registered voters was conducted Sept. 8
to 17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
-- John Wagner
Christopher Dean Hopkins
September 22, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
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