But that may not matter in the public’s eye. The Goucher Poll shows some confidence among Marylanders that their economic situations will get better but also evidence that people believe the system is stacked in favor of the wealthy. Strong majorities of both Democrats and independents see the tax system favors the rich, and both groups back the $15 minimum wage by wide margins. Legislation to enact a $15 minimum wage got 74 co-sponsors in the House of Delegates this year — slightly more than a majority of that chamber — and a companion bill had more than 20 sponsors in the Senate. But it aroused strong opposition from business groups, such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which predicted that it could cost the state nearly 100,000 jobs over a decade, and it didn’t even get a committee vote. Given the strong level of public support, we expect the idea will advance farther in the coming General Assembly sessions no matter who is elected governor this year.