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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

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 22, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  
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That a majority of Marylanders are keeping a concerned eye on the budget deficit AND prefer to preserve quality of life in the state is NOT surprising.

Most are willing to pay taxes if it means preserving quality of life. Our way of life in Maryland is worth it.

While some are against O'Malley's stewardship and Most are FOR O'Malley. We should all agree that he took over Maryland during a terrible economic phase for the entire country. While other states have trimmed back on services and public safety, O'Malley has worked to preserve both for Marylanders.

Speaking for myself, I am glad he stepped up to the task. Thanks.

Posted by: free-donny | September 22, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on, can we be any more rah, rah for OMalley?LOL Let's see, if your house hit by a storm, rain pounds down, wind howls, you don't know how long the storm will last, when suddenly, a hole is ripped in your roof and the rain pours in. Would a reasonable man just say, oh well, I can't do anything until the storm is over and the sun comes out? No, the reasonable man would do whatever it takes to temporarily patch the hole in the roof and at least limit the damage to his property. OMalley is like the guy just waiting for the sun to come out. What has he done to ensure that the state chronic budget crisis ends permanently?

Posted by: VikingRider | September 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Typical Maryland morons - willing to subsidize a bloated, inefficient government machine by shelling out more and more of their paychecks.

Posted by: reiflame1 | September 22, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, such vitriol against Maryland and Governor O'Malley? Perhaps when the MD GOP pulls itself out of bankruptcy, they can do more than just squawk at the party in power. Life's good!

Posted by: free-donny | September 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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