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Poll: Marylanders don't support 'X' gender on driver's licenses

Maryland voters are not on board with a proposal to allow residents to pick “X” for their gender on driver’s licenses and state identification cards, according to a new poll.

A new poll from Gonzales Research & Media Services found 37 percent support of the measure, which has been approved by the state Senate and is awaiting action in the House of Delegates. The change would allow people who are transgender or nonbinary — meaning they don’t identify as male or female — to select “X” to designate “unspecified or other” instead of male or female.

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Opposition to the change is at 51 percent, with 12 percent of poll respondents offering no answer.

The poll found much stronger support for another bill moving through the legislature, a proposal to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15. The bill has been passed by the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

Sixty percent of voters supported the $15 minimum wage, with 35 percent opposed and 5 percent offering no response.

The poll also questioned voters about the start date for the public school year for the first time since parents and school officials have had to comply with an order from Gov. Larry Hogan to start after Labor Day and end by June 15.

Voters were asked if school should start after Labor Day or whether each school district should decide when to start school. A total of 56 percent supported starting school after Labor Day, with 40 percent saying local school districts should set the start date.

The Senate has approved a bill to undo Hogan’s executive order and return authority over the start of the school year to local school districts. The House has not yet voted on the bill.

Hogan continued to have a high approval rating (78 percent), while President Donald Trump has a low approval rating (38 percent).

The poll questioned 817 registered voters by phone, on both landlines and cellphones, from Feb. 22 to March 1. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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